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.
The exhibition is co-curated by The Drawing Center’s Executive Director, Laura Hoptman—with Claire Gilman, Chief Curator of The Drawing Center—and Pace CEO Marc Glimcher. The Drawing Center and Pace have worked collaboratively to select contemporary artists whose drawings comment upon or complement one of the two works anchoring the show.
The Rejectionists will be hung as a continuum, with the Dubuffet and the Martin as two poles—or brackets—for the rest of the works on view. In the most obvious sense, the Dubuffet and the Martin drawings are stylistic opposites: figurative versus abstract, expressionistic versus geometric and minimal. But, in fact, both artists shared a similar disdain for received ideas and the mainstream cultural discourse of their times. Their visions were distinct, but their attitudes were both squarely rejectionist, with Dubuffet cultivating a parallel career as a wine merchant and Martin famously advising her fellow artists to “paint with your back to the world.” The current list of artists participating in the exhibition, which is subject to further additions, follows below:
Fundraising efforts for The Drawing Center will also include a ticketed cocktail party held on November 2 from 6–9 p.m. amid the exhibition on the seventh floor of Pace’s New York gallery. To purchase tickets to the event, visit https://drawingcenter.org/programs/2023-benefit-auction.
Funds raised through the benefit auction will provide critical support for The Drawing Center’s ambitious schedule of exhibitions, publications, education initiatives, and public programs. Founded in 1977 by the late curator Martha Beck, The Drawing Center—an exhibition space in downtown Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood—explores the medium of drawing as primary, dynamic, and relevant to contemporary culture, the future of art, and creative thought. Its activities are both multidisciplinary and broadly historical, and include exhibitions, publications, and educational and public programs.
Pace’s upcoming collaboration with The Drawing Center aligns with its ongoing efforts to establish meaningful, mutually supportive relationships with other arts organizations and institutions. The gallery hosted a global telethon fundraiser—featuring a lineup of newly commissioned performances—to celebrate Performa’s fifteenth anniversary in 2020. This year, Pace co-presented a multifaceted fundraiser on behalf of the Nina Simone Childhood Home Preservation Project, partnering with Sotheby’s and the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund.
The Rejectionists, Co-curated by The Drawing Center’s Executive Director, Laura Hoptman—with Claire Gilman, Chief Curator of The Drawing Center—and Pace Gallery CEO Marc Glimcher, will be on view from November 2-8 at Pace Gallery, 540 West 25th Street, NYC.
The Online Auction will take place from October 25 to November 8, 2023. Works on view and available for in-person bidding from November 2-8.