Sunday, 2 March 2014

Abstract Drawing - Drawing Room

Richard Serra, Untitled, 2009
Abstract Drawing is at Drawing Room until 19 April and features an impressive list of artists (see below). Curated by Richard Deacon this exhibition makes for an interesting complement to the show of his work currently at Tate Britain (see below). Deacon will discuss his approach to drawing and his selection for this exhibition at Drawing Room on 6 March.
Read a review of the exhibition by Adrian Searle.
The following text is from the Drawing Room website:

“One of the things that has interested me in making this selection – aside from the intrinsic delight at looking at so many drawings – has to do with ideas about what or where is the real… This exhibition has no ambitions to be a universal survey, but in selecting a show around the idea of abstract drawing, these various strands – inscriptive, calligraphic, ornamental, generative, individuating and identifying – have all featured.”

The earliest works exhibited here are drawings made in 1906 by Swedish artist Hilma af Klint, recently heralded as producing the earliest forms of Western abstraction, and in 1917/18 by Kazimir Malevich,  regarded as the father of abstraction. There is a rare blot drawing by Jackson Pollock (1951) that exploits the quality of working with fluid mediums on porous paper. Works made in the 1960s include those by Eva Hesse, Mira Schendel, Dom Sylvester Houedard (well known for his concrete poetry), and Frederick Hammersley (an American artist who pioneered computer drawings).

Two works on paper by Sol LeWitt, a One-second drawing by John Latham,  works by Indian modernist Nasreen Mohamedi, and Romanian artist Victor Ciato were all made in the 1970s. Works made in the 1980s include rarely seen drawings in relief by Anish Kapoor and works by artist and historian John Golding whose Paths to the Absolute (2000) is a key text on abstract art.

Watercolours on paper by David Austen represent the 1990s and works from the 2000’s include senior Iranian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Turner prize winner Tomma Abts and nominee Alison Wilding (the latter the subject of a major Duveen galleries display at the newly renovated Tate Britain, London), London-based artists David Batchelor,  Emma McNally and Sam Messenger and International artist Susan Hefuna, who has German-Egyptian heritage.  Another highlight is a newly commissioned wall drawing by US-based artist Victoria Haven.

Bob Law, Cross for Me, Kiss for You CCCXVII 03.01.00, 2000
David Batchelor, Magic Hour Drawings, 2013
Eva Hesse, No Title, 1965
John Latham, 1 Second Drawing, 1971
Roger Ackling, One minute is long enough, so it's a second, 1977
Richard Deacon, 14-11-11, 2013

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