Drawing doesn't have the cache of painting, but for purists, viewing an artist's drawings is the equivalent of seeing the naked technique of creation. It all begins with the drawing, and all is revealed in the lines. The Immediate Touch: German, Swiss and Austrian Drawings from Saint Louis Collections, 1946 to 2007, an exhibition of 120 works by 37 German-speaking artists at the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park (314-721-0072 or www.slam.org), contains works that range from the starkness of developmental sketches to intimate self-portraits to fully rendered works from artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Sigmar Polke and A.R. Penck. Admission to The Immediate Touch is $4 to $6 (but free on Friday), and the show remains up through Sunday, September 7.
UNTITLED (SELF-PORTRAIT), BY A.R. PENCK, GERMAN. COURTESY OF THE SAINT LOUIS ART MUSEUM.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: July 2. Continues through Sept. 7, 2008