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Stand clear: A young St. Louis sculptor named Moses has entered the building

"People tell me I'm insane to think I'm gonna get $80,000 for that car. Others think I'm right. Think about P. Diddy, Jay-Z, Russell Simmons. Those guys own their own record labels. They have money to spend on corporate art. And I see them as philanthropists. It doesn't seem a stretch for any of them to buy my car and put it on loan at the Whitney."

Whatever happens when his exhibition at the Contemporary closes on March 26 — and he's well aware that nothing at all might happen — Moses says his next series will be even bigger.

"I've called museums and asked them what their doors look like, and what mechanisms they have to move stuff so I can build my work," says Moses.

Jennifer Silverberg
Jennifer Silverberg

Details

“The Audiophile Series” on display through March 26.

Where: Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 3750 Washington Boulevard.
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday.
How much: $5 adults; $3 seniors. Free for children and students. Free for all visitors all day Wednesday and Saturday, and after 5 p.m. on Thursday.
Contact: 314-535-4660 or www.contemporarystl.org.

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"I called the Whitney and asked for their art-handling department, and they were a little sketched out. I said, 'Listen, I just need to find out what kind of mechanisms you have, so that when I build this piece that weighs potentially 5,000 pounds and needs to be lifted onto your walls and through your building, well, I need to find out about how, exactly, that's going to happen.'"

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