Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

The Election and Legos Inspire; Hirschfeld Arrives; VISUAL ART - FALL ARTS PREVIEW

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

The Election and Legos Inspire; Hirschfeld Arrives; VISUAL ART - FALL ARTS PREVIEW

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This fall's visual arts offerings range from whimsical (Nathan Sawaya's Lego sculptures at the Magic House, Al Hirschfeld's line drawings at the Sheldon) to the sorrowful (Yinka Shonibare meditation of mourning at the Pulitzer) to hopeful (solar lanterns at the Kemper, open political discourse at the Contemporary).

THE MAGIC HOUSE

516 South Kirkwood Road; magichouse.org

- "The Art of the Brick." New York artist Nathan Sawaya creates large-scale sculptures made entirely of Legos. This show features 30 humans, flowers and skyscrapers made of 1 million Lego pieces. (Runs Sept. 22-Jan. 27.)

CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM ST. LOUIS

3750 Washington Boulevard, camstl.org

- "Your Land, My Land: Election '12." In this updating of Jonathan Horowitz's "November 4, 2008," the Contemporary is transformed into "red zones" and "blue zones" where visitors can reflect on the political process. The Contemporary also will host debate and election watch parties. (Through Nov. 11.)

- "Leslie Hewitt: Sudden Glare of the Sun." Hewitt's books, documents and family photographs double as objects of sculpture. (Through Dec. 30.)

- "Rosa Barba: Desert - Performed." In her first solo show in the United States, artist Rosa Barba presents a series of works focusing on California's Mojave Desert. (Through Dec. 30.)

ST. LOUIS ART MUSEUM

1 Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park; slam.org

- "Focus on the Collection: Drawn in Copper, Italian Prints in the Age of Barocci." Exhibit showcases the complex copper compositions of Italian artists Agostino Carracci, Antonio Fantuzzi, Camillo Procaccini, Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione and Pietro Testa and other contemporaries of the Federico Barocci. (Runs Friday-Jan. 13.)

- "Federico Barocci: Renaissance Master." This major show features 130 works of the influential Renaissance artist Barocci, who created lasting works of both religious and secular art. The museum also will host related lectures, classes and concerts that celebrate the Renaissance and Baroque periods. (Runs Oct. 21-Jan. 20.)

MILDRED LANE KEMPER ART MUSEUM

1 Brookings Drive, Washington University; kemperartmuseum.wustl.edu

- "Notations: Contemporary Drawing as Idea and Process." Showcasing works from Carl Andre, Mel Bochner, Dan Flavin, Eva Hesse, Nancy Holt, Agnes Martin and Richard Serra, "Notations" explores the radical transformation of drawing between the1950s and the 1970s. (Runs Friday- Jan. 7.)

- "Design with the Other 90 Percent: CITIES." As the world population explodes, designers play a pivotal role creating objects that help us lead cleaner, safer, better lives. This exhibit presents recent innovations such as solar lanterns, mobile water purification systems and building materials made from trash. …

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