Joan Jonas: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral to Open at The Drawing Center in March

 

 

 

Joan Jonas, Untitled, 2015. Ink, 22.4 x30 in (57 x 76.2 cm). Courtesy of the artist. Photo credit: Pier Le Hors. Image courtesy of The Drawing Center.

The Drawing Center will present the first major drawing retrospective of Joan Jonas, one of the most experimental and significant voices in American art of the postwar period. Although Jonas’s work has received critical attention and acclaim over the past few decades, her voluminous drawing oeuvre, which constitutes the backbone of her video, performance, and sculpture practices, has never been surveyed. This exhibition will be a definitive look at the integral place of drawing in the career of this pioneering feminist artist. The exhibition is organized by Laura Hoptman, The Drawing Center’s Executive Director, working in close collaboration with the SoHo-based artist. Animal, Vegetable, Mineral will occupy the entirety of The Drawing Center’s gallery spaces and will feature more than three hundred individual drawings dating from the 1960s to the present as well as a recent drawing environment that will be presented in the United States for the first time. On view beginning March 6th.

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The Drawing Center + Pace Gallery to Collaborate on Fall 2023 Benefit Exhibition

 

 

 

The Drawing Center, in collaboration with Pace Gallery, is pleased to announce details of a special fall benefit exhibition, on view at Pace’s New York flagship from November 2 to 8. A curated project titled The Rejectionists, the exhibition will be organized around the challenge presented by two 20th century masterpieces from the collection of Arne and Milly Glimcher: a 1950 Corps de dame drawing by Jean Dubuffet and a 1961 drawing by Agnes Martin. More than 70 works in The Rejectionists, save the Dubuffet and Martin, will be available for sale through an online silent auction hosted by The Drawing Center during the run of the exhibition. Proceeds will support The Drawing Center’s programs, with participating artists receiving a percentage of the artwork sales.

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A Greater Beauty: The Drawings of Kahlil Gibran on View at The Drawing Center Through September 10, 2023

 

 

 

Kahlil Gibran, A woman with a Blue Veil, 1916. Watercolor, 8 1/2 x 10 inches (21.5 x 25.3 cm). Collection of the Gibran Khalil Gibran Museum, Courtesy of the Gibran National Committee.

The first exhibition of its kind in the United States, A Greater Beauty: The Drawings of Kahlil Gibran features over one hundred drawings by the prolific Lebanese-American artist, poet and essayist, and coincides with the 100th anniversary of Gibran’s world-renowned publication, The Prophet. Though best known for his poetry and prose, Gibran viewed himself equally as a visual artist, producing paintings, watercolors, sketches, illustrations, book covers, and other material as a complement to his written work. A Greater Beauty will present an overview of Gibran’s drawings and sketches alongside manuscript pages, notebooks, correspondence, magazine illustrations and essays, and first editions, providing a glimpse into the artist’s production in the context of his work as a whole. The exhibition will be on view from June 2 through September 10, 2023.

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Xiyadie: Queer Cut Utopias at The Drawing Center

 

 

 

Xiyadie, Sewn, 1999. Papercut with water-based dye and Chinese pigments on Xuan paper, 55 1/8 x 55 1/8 inches (140 x 140 cm). Courtesy of the artist

In February 2023, The Drawing Center will present Xiyadie: Queer Cut Utopias, the first solo exhibition of work by Chinese artist Xiyadie in New York. The name Xiyadie, which translates to Siberian Butterfly, is one the artist chose for himself to describe his upbringing in Weinan, a city in the Shaanxi Province of Northwest China. A reflection of his personal and artistic evolution, the pseudonym also denotes Xiyadie’s enduring resilience despite the fact that he has never been able to freely show his work or live openly with regard to his sexual orientation. Occupying two floors at The Drawing Center, Queer Cut Utopias will feature more than thirty of Xiyadie’s intricate paper-cuts, dating from the early 1980s through today, each of which articulates his longing to fully express his queer desire. Xiyadie presents a strong sense of artistic autonomy; his highly graphic works on paper fuse traditional folk forms and iconography with narratives from his personal life.

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‘World AIDS Day: Open Community Circle & Screening’ at The Drawing Center ~ December 1

 

 

 

Installation View, Ecco Hoo: The Drawings of General Idea, The Drawing Center, New York. October 7, 2022-January 15, 2023. Photo: Daniel Terna.

Join The Drawing Center on December 1, World AIDS Day, for a daylong open community circle—a quiet space for remembrance and contemplation in the galleries—followed at 6pm by a public film screening, held in conjunction with the ongoing exhibition Ecce Homo: The Drawings of General Idea.

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The Drawing Center Presents ‘Ways of Seeing: Three Takes on the Jack Shear Drawing Collection’

 

 

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Portrait of Alexis-René Le Go, 1836. Graphite on paper, 11 7/8 x 8 3/4 inches (30.2 x 22.2 cm). Jack Shear Collection.~ Joaquín Torres-García, Composición (Composition), 1930. Ink on paper, 5 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches, (13.3 x 8.9 cm). Jack Shear Collection. ~ Julie Mehretu, Untitled, 2000. Ink and color pencil on vellum laid on paper, 19 x 24 inches (48.3 x 61 cm). Jack Shear Collection.

Ways of Seeing: Three Takes on the Jack Shear Drawing Collection will present three curatorial interpretations of the extraordinary collection of drawings that artist, curator, and collector Jack Shear has built over the past half-decade.

Continuing The Drawing Center’s tradition of exhibiting drawings from outstanding public and private collections, Ways of Seeing: Three Takes on the Jack Shear Drawing Collection offers a revealing experiment in connoisseurship and exhibition-making. 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 exhibition curated from Shear’s holdings.

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Ebecho Muslimova: Scenes in the Sublevel at The Drawing Center

 

 

 

Ebecho Muslimova, Fatebe Phantom Cage, 2020, enamel and oil paint on Dibond aluminum, 96 x 144 inches. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Maria Berheim, Zürich and Magenta Plains, NY.

For Ebecho Muslimova’s first solo museum exhibition, the artist presents Scenes in the Sublevel, a site-specific installation that includes ten large-scale mixed-media drawings. Muslimova (b. 1984, Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia) is known for her pen-and-ink drawings and large-scale paintings that feature her bold and uninhibited cartoon alter ego, Fatebe. Her latest body of work takes up The Drawing Center’s downstairs gallery as the stage for Fatebe’s intrepid misadventures.

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David Hammons: Body Prints, 1968-1979 at The Drawing Center

 

 

 

David Hammons, Untitled (Man with Flag), n.d. Grease, pigment, and white crayon on paper, 29 3/4 x 39 3/4 inches (75.6 x 101 cm). Glenstone Museum, Potomac, Maryland, Photograph by Alex Jamison, courtesy of Mnuchin Gallery, New York.

The first museum exhibition dedicated to David Hammons’s pivotal early works on paper, David Hammons: Body Prints, 1968–1979 brings together the monoprints and collages in which the artist used the body as both a drawing tool and printing plate to explore performative, unconventional forms of image making. More than a half century after they were made, these early works on paper remain a testament to Hammons’s desire to reinterpret notions of the real; his celebration of the sacredness of objects touched or made by the Black body; his biting critique of racial oppression; and his deep commitment to social justice.

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‘100 Drawings from Now’ to open at The Drawing Center

 

 

The Drawing Center will reopen to the public by appointment only on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 with the exhibition 100 Drawings from Now. 

Featuring drawings made by an international group of artists since early 2020, 100 Drawings from Now provides a snapshot of artistic production during a period of profound global unrest that has resulted from the ongoing health and economic crises, as well as a surge of activism in response to systemic racism, social injustice, and police brutality in the United States. Together, the works in the exhibition spotlight the urgency, intimacy, and universality of drawing during moments of upheaval and isolation.

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