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Warren Rosser: Hide and Seek The last time Rosser (who teaches at the Kansas City Art Institute) showed in St. Louis, the Contemporary was called the Forum and his paintings were spaced-out neon abstractions about ten feet long, populated by elliptical characters masquerading as chemical symbols. The ellipses are back, as ghosts of their former selves -- echoes that sound through their layers of translucent, indescribable hues of dusty lavender, milky cocoa and hazy blue-green. The "seek" involves staring and moving about the mostly medium-size canvases, watching forms emerge and change; the "hide" is the disappearance of layers behind other layers behind ellipses. It's a carnival for anyone who loves abstract art, which doesn't get any better than this. Through April 2 at the William Shearburn Gallery, 4735 McPherson Avenue; 314-367-8020. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tue.-Sat. -- Ivy Cooper

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