Sculpture parks, art shows and new exhibitions highlight the season for visual arts this summer.
Just because you've visited Citygarden once, don't think there isn't new stuff to see. The downtown oasis is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and adding three new artworks. A playful giant zipper and a cartoonish figure holding a bag of money and a balloon have already been installed. "Love vs. Money" by Kai is on the roof of the cafe building. "Unzip the Earth" by Floyd Elzinga is a temporary installation, as will be a third sculpture to be installed June 6; details on it have not yet been announced. Citygarden will begin a Wednesday lunchtime concert series on June 5 and hold a birthday party for itself on July 1.
Where 801 Market Street • How much Free • More info citygardenstl.org
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
Two new exhibitions include the first major museum survey of photography by Paul Mpagi Sepuya, who often uses collages, mirror images and layering. Queer black history is one topic as the images reveal a close connection with friends and lovers who sit for the photographer. The other new exhibition is a Beirut-based artist's "Earwitness Theater," which incorporates audio, memories by Syrian prisoners who spent time in that country's notorious Saydnaya prison. Lawrence Abu Hamdan is one of four finalists for this year's Turner Prize in Britain. Both shows run through Aug. 18. Sepuya gives an artist talk on June 27.
Where 3750 Washington Boulevard • How much Free • More info 314-535-0770; camstl.org
Laumeier Sculpture Park
We've heard of decorated bikes and cars, but artistic golf carts? St. Louis illustrator Carlos Zamora has been commissioned to turn three carts at Laumeier into kinetic sculptures using vinyl wraps, sculptural frameworks and ornamentation. Zamora, who was born in Cuba, may use inspiration from that country's car culture and history for cART. The carts debut July 26.
Where 12580 Rott Road • How much Free • More info 314-615-5278; laumeiersculpturepark.org
Let Them Eat Art
Maplewood's celebration isn't an art fair, the city specifies. But it is an event to watch regional artists make art and a chance to enjoy art in shops and on the streets. There will also be food, music and drinks at this July 12 nod to Bastille Day.
Where Downtown Maplewood, Manchester Road • How much Free • More info cityofmaplewood.com
Sheldon Concert Hall & Art Galleries
The second year of the unique "Golf the Galleries: Artist-Designed Mini Golf" brings a lollipop lane, giant octopus, puppets and chess pieces as some of the features on its 9-hole mini-golf course. The installation takes over the second-story gallery space, and visitors can either just observe the creations or play the course. Tee times are first-come, first-serve. On view with the course are paintings and prints of golf courses by Paul Kuchno and a selection of shoebox-sized golf holes by fifth-graders from the Wilson School.
Where 3648 Washington Boulevard • How much Free to view; $6-$10 to play the course • More info 314-533-9900; thesheldon.org
St. Louis Art Museum
A highlight of the summer is a 90-piece show of various pieces by French artist Paul Gauguin, "Paul Gauguin: The Art of Invention." In addition to his well-known, still-controversial paintings (particularly of women in Tahiti), Gauguin did wood carvings, ceramics and prints. A curious addition is a manuscript he wrote, "Catholicism and the Modern Mind," which was donated to the museum in 1948 by actor Vincent Price. The exhibition opens July 21 and runs through Sept. 15.
Where 1 Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park • How much $6-$15; free to members and on Fridays • More info 314-721-0072; slam.org
Where to see more art
2720 Cherokee Performing Arts Center • 2720 Cherokee Street; 314-282-8017; 2720cherokee.com
Art St. Louis • 1223 Pine Street; 314-241-4810; artstlouis.org
Atrium Gallery • 4814 Washington Avenue; 314-367-1076; atriumgallery.net
Bruno David Gallery • 7513 Forsyth Boulevard; 314-696-2377; brunodavidgallery.com
Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design Delmar Loop • 6640 Delmar Boulevard; 314-725-1177; craftalliance.org
Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design Grand Center • 501 North Grand Boulevard; 314-534-7528, craftalliance.org
Des Lee Gallery • 1627 Washington Avenue; 314-621-8735; desleegallery.com
Duane Reed Gallery • 4729 McPherson Avenue; 314-361-4100; duanereedgallery.com
Foundry Art Centre • 520 North Main Street, St. Charles; 636-255-0270, foundryartcentre.org
Framations Art Gallery • 218 North Main Street, St. Charles; 636-724-8313, framations.com
Gallery 210 • 1 University Boulevard, University of Missouri-St. Louis; 314-516-5976; gallery210.umsl.edu
Kranzberg Arts Center • 501 North Grand Boulevard; 314-533-0367; kranzbergartscenter.org
Hoffman LaChance Contemporary • 2713 Sutton Boulevard • 314-398-9636
Jill A. McGuire Gallery at Regional Arts Commission • 6128 Delmar Boulevard; 314-863-5811; racstl.org
The Luminary • 2701 Cherokee Street; 314-773-1533; theluminaryarts.com
Mad Art Gallery • 2727 South 12th Street; 314-771-8230; madart.com
Philip Slein Gallery • 4735 McPherson Avenue; 314-361-2617; philipsleingallery.com
Pulitzer Arts Foundation • 3716 Washington Boulevard; 314-754-1850; pulitzerarts.org
St. Louis Artists’ Guild • 12 North Jackson Avenue; 314-727-6266; stlouisartistsguild.org
William Shearburn Gallery • 665 South Skinker Boulevard; 314-367-8020; shearburngallery.com