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The Drawing Center The Drawing Center explores the medium of drawing as primary, dynamic, and relevant to contemporary culture, the future of art and creative thought.

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Over the past year, sixty artists participated our Viewing Program 20/21 initiative, which centered on providing mentors...
10/19/2021

Over the past year, sixty artists participated our Viewing Program 20/21 initiative, which centered on providing mentorship and support for contemporary artists through virtual studio visits and portfolio reviews. In our final post highlighting work from the program, we’d like to thank each of the participating artists for sharing their art and practices with us. Below, you can read more about our featured artists Javier Romero, Erin Murray and Sofia Quirno:

"I am merging drawing and collage to explore the possibilities of abstraction and geometry, while also interested in the sculptural dynamics of the process using basic tools like graphite and colored pencil. Through this I investigate opposing concepts, such as density/lightness, positive/negative, control/random." - Javier Romero

"I think of my work as describing an alignment of interiority and exteriority; referencing the mingling of psyche and design that we encounter in daily life. Drawing allows me to express this in-between state of being, bringing the sharp palpability of lived experience in balance with the ambiguous nature of thought and memory." - Erin Murray 

"I doodle while the TV is on. The images and words coming from the screen converge with my own inner voices and mental representations, resulting in mixtures of what is seen and heard with what was already within me. These montages are the basis of my work at the studio. This piece plays with the imaginary life and interaction between objects and explores the psychological conditionings to existing schemes." - Sofia Quirno

To learn more about all sixty of the Viewing Program 20/21 participating artists, please click the link in our bio.

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Images: Javier Romero, “Fragments/Circles #6,” 2019-20. Graphite and colored pencil on cut and collaged paper, 69 x 51.5 in / 175 x 131 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Erin Murray, “Proxy Space (one),” 2018. Graphite and india ink on paper, 15 x 21 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Sofia Quirno, “Maybe its your expectations that need to change,” 2020. Oil and acrylic on canvas, 46 x 36 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Continuing The Drawing Center’s longstanding mission of supporting contemporary artists and their drawing practices, Vie...
10/18/2021

Continuing The Drawing Center’s longstanding mission of supporting contemporary artists and their drawing practices, Viewing Program 20/21 provided mentorship to sixty artists in the form of virtual studio visits. Read more about three of the participating artists—Shellyne Rodriguez, Luis Almeida, and LaNia Sproles—below:

"Local deejays Uptown Vinyl Supreme craft the playlist for their next party in their Bronx apartment, and preserve the art of the sound selector, vital as one of the elements of Hip Hop Culture." - Shellyne Rodriguez

"'The Return of the One,' was inspired by the painting 'Flaying of Marsyas' by Titian and it shows a hypothetical return of Jesus Christ surrounded by paparazzi on the red carpet." - Luis Almeida

"A self portrait that pictures three figures exposing their vulvas in an ordinary urban landscape. The multiple portrait is inspired by the mythological bond of the Greek Charite sisters. Each self is portrayed in different clothing but work together to cathartically respond to their environment." - LaNia Sproles

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Images: Shellyne Rodriguez, “Uptown Vinyl Supreme.” Color pencil on paper, 22 x 26 in. Courtesy of the artist. 

Luis Almeida, “The Return of the One.” Courtesy of the artist.

LaNia Sproles, “The 3 Graces,” 2020. Gouache on paper, 21 ½ in x 19 ¾ in. Courtesy of the artist.

"Ways of Seeing: Three Takes on the Jack Shear Drawing Collection" is a three-part exhibition that focuses on the extrao...
10/15/2021

"Ways of Seeing: Three Takes on the Jack Shear Drawing Collection" is a three-part exhibition that focuses on the extraordinary drawing collection of artist, curator, and President of the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation, Jack Shear.

In the first installation of "Ways of Seeing," on view through November 7, Shear places drawings in clusters to encourage viewers to experience the drawings in relationship to each other. His unorthodox curatorial vision reinforces the fundamental truth that interpretations of art are always impacted by both our own sensibilities and by the context in which objects are seen and received.

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Images: Unknown, (Indian School), "Ta***ic Drawing," c. 2000. Gouache and/or pigment and ink on paper, 11 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches (28.6 x 14 cm). Jack Shear Collection.

Terry Winters, "Untitled," 2018. Graphite on paper, 8 1/2 x 11 inches (21.6 x 27.9 cm). Jack Shear Collection. Courtesy of the artist.

Kalu Ram, "Chart of 56 Shaligrams," n.d. Ink and gouache on paper with collage, 28 x 21 inches (71.1 x 53.3 cm). Jack Shear Collection. Courtesy of Alexander Gorlizki.

Artist, curator, and President of the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation, Jack Shear compared his method of installation and han...
10/08/2021

Artist, curator, and President of the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation, Jack Shear compared his method of installation and hanging artworks to working with the alphabet, in that, in putting drawings together, you see things that you wouldn’t see otherwise. Shear places drawings alongside, directly on top of, or abutting other works on the basis of intuited visual affinities regardless of context or historical provenance.

To learn more about "Ways of Seeing: Three Takes on the Jack Shear Drawing Collection" please click the link in our bio.
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Images: Odilon Redon, "La Terrible (The Terrible One)," c.1871. Charcoal and black chalk on paper, 16 3/4 x 13 1/4 inches (42.5 x 33.7 cm). Jack Shear Collection.

Alice Neel, "Requiem," 1928. Watercolor on paper, 9 x 12 inches (22.9 x 30.5 cm)
Jack Shear Collection, © The Estate of Alice Neel Courtesy The Estate of Alice Neel and David Zwirner.

Edvard Munch, "Blødende hjerte (Bleeding Heart)," c.1898. Crayon and opaque and transparent watercolor on paper, 9 7/8 x 14 1/8 inches (25.1 x 35.9 cm). Jack Shear Collection © 2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Our current exhibition "Ways of Seeing: Three Takes on the Jack Shear Drawing Collection" is an experiment in connoisseu...
10/07/2021

Our current exhibition "Ways of Seeing: Three Takes on the Jack Shear Drawing Collection" is an experiment in connoisseurship and exhibition-making, with three distinct curatorial interpretations of Shear's expansive collection of drawings.

For the first installation, on view through Nov 7, Jack Shear adopts a unique approach to hanging his collection, placing drawings alongside, directly on top of, or abutting other works on the basis of intuited visual affinities regardless of context or historical provenance. His unorthodox curatorial vision reinforces the fundamental truth that interpretations of art are always impacted by both our own sensibilities and by the context in which objects are seen and received.

To plan your visit, please click the link in our bio.
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Image: Cy Twombly, "Untitled," 1959–63. Pencil, ink, and crayon on paper, 19 3/4 x 27 1/2 inches (50.2 x 69.9 cm). Jack Shear Collection, © Cy Twombly Foundation.

Julie Mehretu, "Untitled," 2000. Ink and colored pencil on vellum laid
on paper, 19 x 24 inches (48.3 x 61 cm). Jack Shear Collection.

Andy Warhol, "Skull," c.1976. Graphite on paper, 20 1/2 x 28 inches (52.1 x 71.1 cm)
Jack Shear Collection © 2021 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Charles Demuth, "Fruit and Flower," c.1925. Opaque and transparent watercolor and graphite on paper. 12 x 18 inches (30.5 x 45.7 cm), Jack Shear Collection.

#CyTwombly #JulieMehretu #AndyWarhol #CharlesDemuth

"Drawing Papers 146: Ways of Seeing" is the first volume of a special two-part publication. It takes as its subject what...
10/06/2021

"Drawing Papers 146: Ways of Seeing" is the first volume of a special two-part publication. It takes as its subject what contributor Nick Mauss calls the “singular fluency between drawing and writing.”

Published on occasion of the exhibition "Ways of Seeing: Three Takes on the Jack Shear Drawing Collection," the newest addition to our Drawing Papers series builds upon on the exhibition’s themes of perception and personal vision. Nine renowned writers were asked to reflect on drawings of their choosing from the expansive collection of Jack Shear, and the diverse group of authors offer us poignant and insightful stories, poems, personal ruminations, and visual analyses of objects from across countries and centuries.

“Ways of Seeing” is co-edited by The Drawing Center’s Chief Curator, Claire Gilman, and critic and writer Hilton Als. Contributors include Jennifer Krasinski, Ben Marcus, Nick Mauss, Charlie Porter, George Saunders, Clare Sestanovich, Brenda Shaughnessy, Tracy K. Smith, and Craig Morgan Teicher.

To purchase the publication, or to read online for free, please visit: https://bit.ly/3a9jnkE

"Drawing Papers 146: Ways of Seeing" is the first volume of a special two-part publication. It takes as its subject what contributor Nick Mauss calls the “singular fluency between drawing and writing.”

Published on occasion of the exhibition "Ways of Seeing: Three Takes on the Jack Shear Drawing Collection," the newest addition to our Drawing Papers series builds upon on the exhibition’s themes of perception and personal vision. Nine renowned writers were asked to reflect on drawings of their choosing from the expansive collection of Jack Shear, and the diverse group of authors offer us poignant and insightful stories, poems, personal ruminations, and visual analyses of objects from across countries and centuries.

“Ways of Seeing” is co-edited by The Drawing Center’s Chief Curator, Claire Gilman, and critic and writer Hilton Als. Contributors include Jennifer Krasinski, Ben Marcus, Nick Mauss, Charlie Porter, George Saunders, Clare Sestanovich, Brenda Shaughnessy, Tracy K. Smith, and Craig Morgan Teicher.

To purchase the publication, or to read online for free, please visit: https://bit.ly/3a9jnkE

"Ways of Seeing: Three Takes on the Jack Shear Drawing Collection" opens today, October 2! The three-part exhibition foc...
10/02/2021

"Ways of Seeing: Three Takes on the Jack Shear Drawing Collection" opens today, October 2!

The three-part exhibition focuses on the extraordinary drawing collection of artist, curator, and President of the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation Jack Shear. During the course of the exhibition’s fifteen-week run, artist Arlene Shechet, critic and curator Jarrett Earnest, and Shear himself will each present an installation curated from Shear’s holdings, which consist of nearly seven hundred drawings dating from the sixteenth century to the present.

In this first installation of 'Ways of Seeing,' on view through November 7, Shear adopts a unique approach to hanging his collection, placing drawings alongside or abutting other works on the basis of intuited visual affinities regardless of context or historical provenance. In this way, 'Ways of Seeing' offers a revealing experiment in connoisseurship and subjectivity as they pertain to exhibition-makin
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To learn more about the exhibition or plan your visit, please click the link in our bio!
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Image: Pablo Picasso, "Étude pour "Déjeuner sur l'herbe" II, "(Study for "Luncheon on the Grass" II), 1962. Graphite on paper, 10 5/8 x 13 7/8 inches (27 x 35.2 cm)
Jack Shear Collection, © 2021 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Bruce Nauman, "A Rose Has No Teeth / Lead or bronze plaque to be attached / to a tree in the woods so that it will / be grown over," 1966. Graphite on paper, 18 7/8 x 24 inches (47.9 x 61 cm). Jack Shear Collection, © 2021 Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Claes Oldenburg, "Drainpipe Study," 1967. Opaque and transparent watercolor
and crayon on paper. 30 x 22 inches (76.2 x 55.9 cm). Jack Shear Collection. Image courtesy of Oldenburg Van Bruggen Studio.

Online bidding for our 2021 Benefit Auction ends tonight Sept 27 at 8pm EDT! Featuring over sixty artworks generously do...
09/27/2021

Online bidding for our 2021 Benefit Auction ends tonight Sept 27 at 8pm EDT! Featuring over sixty artworks generously donated by leading artists, the Benefit Auction provides critical support The Drawing Center's ambitious roster of exhibitions, publications, education initiatives, and public programs.

Click the link in our bio to bid online!
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Images: Chase Hall, Polo Player and his Horse (study), 2021. Ink, coffee and ash on paper, 14 x 10 inches (35.6 x 25.4 cm). Courtesy of the artist and C L E A R I N G, New York / Brussels.

Carol Bove, Untitled, 2021. Collagraphic monotype, Paper: 61 5/8 x 42 7/8 inches (156.5 x 108.9 cm). Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner, NY.

Nancy Graves, Ignt, 1977. Watercolor and pastel on paper, 22 3/4 x 30 inches. Courtesy of the Nancy Graves Foundation.

Raelis Vasquez, Hermano Mayor, 2021. Pencil on paper, 22 1/2 x 30 inches (57.2 x 76.2 cm). Courtesy of the artist.

Raúl de Nieves, Divine Intervention, 2020. Color pencil on paper, 28 3/4 x 23 1/2 inches (73.03 x 59.69 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Company Gallery, New York.

Tom of Finland, 'Untitled,' ca. 1970. Graphite on paper, 8 3/8 x 5 7/8 inches. Courtesy of Tom of Finland Foundation and David Kordansky Gallery.

#ChaseHall #CarolBove #NancyGraves #RaelisVasquez #RaúldeNieves #TomofFinland #SohoArt

Join us tomorrow, Sept 27, at 6pm to celebrate more than 60 leading artists who generously donated artworks to our 2021 ...
09/26/2021

Join us tomorrow, Sept 27, at 6pm to celebrate more than 60 leading artists who generously donated artworks to our 2021 Benefit Auction. David Hammons even sent us flowers for the special occasion!

Over the course of the evening, attendees will have the opportunity to view and bid on all of the artworks, installed in our main gallery, and enjoy cocktails and small plates by Honey's and Chef Elisa Da Prato outdoors on Wooster Street. The auction provides critical support for The Drawing Center's ambitious roster of exhibitions, publications, education initiatives, and public programs.

To purchase a ticket to the event, click the link in our bio. Please note that both in-person and online bidding for the Benefit Auction will conclude at 8pm EST on Monday, Sept 27.

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Images: David Hammons, Untitled, n.d.. Watercolor and pen on paper, 12 x 9 inches (30.5 x 22.9 cm). Courtesy of the artist.

David Hammons, Untitled, 2021. Watercolor and pencil on paper, 11 x 15 inches (27.9 x 32.3 cm). Courtesy of the artist.

#DavidHammons #SohoArt

More than 60 leading artists have generously donated artworks to our 2021 Benefit Auction, an event that provides critic...
09/25/2021

More than 60 leading artists have generously donated artworks to our 2021 Benefit Auction, an event that provides critical support for The Drawing Center's ambitious roster of exhibitions, publications, education initiatives, and public programs.

Bid on artworks online via the link in our bio! Please note that all bidding ends on Sept 27 at 8pm EST.

Images: Jo Messer, Pass passed aperitif, 2021. Ink, pastel, market, gouache and gesso on paper, 24 x 18 inches (61 x 45.7 cm). Courtesy of 56 Henry and the artist.

Monique Mouton, Untitled, 2017. Watercolor on paper, 39.25 × 25.63 inches (99.70 × 65.09 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Bridget Donahue, New York.

Sanou Oumar, 10/23/17, 2017. Pen and marker on paper, 17 x 14 inches (43.2 x 10.2 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Gordon Robichaux, NY.

Natalie Frank, Monster, 2021. Gouache and chalk pastel on paper, 30 x 22 inches (76.2 x 55.9 cm). Courtesy of the artist Photo by Farzad Owrang.

Ibrahim El-Salahi, Pain Relief Drawing, 2016-2018. Pen and ink on the back of a medicine packet unframed: 4 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches (11.5 x 13.5 cm) framed: 7 1/8 x 2 x 6 3/4 inches (18 x 5 x 17 cm ). Courtesy of Vigo Gallery.

Spencer Sweeney, Untitled, 2014. Signed on recto Oil pastel on paper, 20 3/8 x 16 1/4 inches (51.8 x 41.3 cm). Courtesy of Spencer Sweeney Studio.

#JoMesser #MoniqueMouton #SanouOumar #NatalieFrank #IbrahimEl-Salahi #SpencerSweeney #SohoArt

More than 60 leading artists — including Shahzia Sikander, Reggie Burrows Hodges, Tatiana Trouvé, Greg Parma Smith, and ...
09/24/2021

More than 60 leading artists — including Shahzia Sikander, Reggie Burrows Hodges, Tatiana Trouvé, Greg Parma Smith, and Kim Jones, among many others — have generously donated works to our 2021 Benefit Auction on September 27. Online bidding for all artworks is currently live! Click the link in our bio to bid online today.
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Images: Shahzia Sikander, Anchor, 1999. 10 color silkscreen on Somerset velvet paper, 27 15/16 x 35 inches (71 x 88.9 cm). Edition of 60, Courtesy of the artist and Sean Kelly Gallery.

Reggie Burrows Hodges, Leaping into Blackness: Sole Perspective (Study), 2021. Acrylic and graphite on paper, 14 x 17 inches (35.6 x 43.2 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Karma, New York.

Tatiana Trouvé, April 10th, Folha de S.Paulo, Brazil; March 31st, The Washington Post, USA, from the series From March to May, 2021. Inkjet print and pencil on paper, unframed: 16 1/2 x 23 1/4 inches (42 x 59 cm). Artwork © Tatiana Trouvé, Photo: Florian Kleinefenn, Courtesy Gagosian.

Greg Parma Smith, Details in a Tree of Life, 2020. Watercolor and flashe on paper, 9 x 12 inches. Courtesy of the artist and David Lewis.

Kim Jones, None, 2021. Ink and acrylic, 17 x 14 inches. Courtesy of Kim Jones.

#ShahziaSikander #ReggieBurrowsHodges #TatianaTrouvé #GregParmaSmith #KimJones #SohoArt

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