August 29, 2010 - Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis - Richard Artschwager, Elad Lassry and The Front Room: short exhibitions
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August 29, 2010

Richard Artschwager, Elad Lassry and The Front Room: short exhibitions

Elad Lassry, Tomatillos, 2008
C-Type Print, 14.5 x 11.5 inches*

Richard Artschwager:
Hair

Elad Lassry:
Sum of Limited Views

alongside

The Front Room: short exhibitions

September 10, 2010 – January 2, 2011

3750 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108

www.contemporarystl.org
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Richard Artschwager: Hair
A maverick who began his career as a cabinet-maker, the widely-acclaimed American artist Richard Artschwager has for forty years produced a wide-ranging body of work that often merged the machine with the hand-made. The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis is proud to present the first focused look at a material he has used throughout his career: rubberized horsehair. Emerging from the artist’s famous blps series he began in 1968, the hair works depart from the crisp lines and sharp forms of his better-known Formica furniture works, blurring the clarity of sculptural form. In contrast to a contemporary art conversation weighed down by irony, strategy, and cool self-reflexivity, this new exhibition – featuring hair-covered blps, exclamation marks, corners, and hair-covered furniture pieces – foregrounds Artschwager’s sincere celebration of the experiential knowledge of objects and pictures, and his passion for locating the body and soul of an image.

Elad Lassry: Sum of Limited Views
Tel Aviv-born, Los Angeles-based Elad Lassry’s intimately framed photographs slip effortlessly between genres and iconographies, capturing plastic still-lives, uncanny publicity portraits, collages, animals, and landscapes. Thoroughly familiar and blank at the same time, his images move beyond the simple category of “photography” and instead ask us to revisit the perceptual experience of a picture. Often sliding between stillness and movement, the works possess a seductive, if slippery, hold on our vision. For Lassry’s first major museum monograph in the United States, Sum of Limited Views combines over thirty photographs, including several new works, with a survey of his 16mm films, spotlighting the artist’s capacity to create the “unstill” picture.

THE FRONT ROOM

The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis is pleased to announce a new season of The Front Room. Running alongside the Main Galleries, The Front Room operates at a different rhythm, with exhibitions changing every few weeks. Designed for reactive, nimble, provisional, and experimental projects, the upcoming season features projects by:

Nina Beier & Marie Lund (September 10 – October 2)

Sam Windett & Margarete Jakschik & Zipora Fried (October 5 – 31)

Miriam Böhm & Agency (November 2 – 28)

John Smith (November 23 – December 5)

Laura Riboli & Simon Denny (November 30 – January 2)

Elad Lassry: Sum of Limited Views is generously supported by Carlo Bronzini, Artis – Contemporary Israeli Art Fund, and Bob Rennie. Special thanks to David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles.

Support for the Contemporary’s exhibitions program is provided by Whitaker Foundation; Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield; William E. Weiss Foundation; Nancy Reynolds and Dwyer Brown.

General operating support for the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis is provided by Whitaker Foundation; Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; Missouri Cultural Trust; Regional Arts Commission; Bank of America Charitable Foundation; Wells Fargo Advisors; and Arts and Education Council.

CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM ST. LOUIS
The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis promotes meaningful engagement with the most relevant and innovative art being made today. Founded as the Forum for Contemporary Art in 1980, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis re-opened in its current location, 3750 Washington Blvd. St. Louis, Missouri, 63108, with a new 27,000 square foot building in 2003. As a non-collecting institution, the Contemporary focuses its efforts on featuring local, national and international, well-known and newly established artists from diverse backgrounds, working in all types of media. As St. Louis’ forum for interpreting culture through contemporary visual art, the Contemporary connects visitors to the dynamic art and ideas of our times. As a gathering place for experiencing contemporary art and culture, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis pushes the boundaries of innovation, creativity, and expression. Visit the Contemporary’s website at www.camstl.org.

*Courtesy David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, and Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan

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