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October 24, 2013 - January 19, 2014
Curated by ruby onyinyechi amanze
Six Draughtsmen highlights the diverse drawing practices of six artists. Arguably the oldest of all mediums, drawing has evolved to redefine and expand its parameters in this increasingly experimental era of contemporary art. Navigating somewhere between the traditions of the past and an imagined future, contemporary drawing both embraces and challenges drawing conventions in medium, surface and concept.
ruby onyinyechi amanze, Toyin Odutola, Temitayo Ogunbiyi, Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Nnenna Okore and Odun Orimolade are six artists of Nigerian descent who explore aspects of drawing in their current practices both in Nigeria and in the U.S. Though most of the artists primarily practice in the U.S., at the time this exhibition was conceived, five of the six women found themselves actively engaged in a studio practice in Nigeria. Aside from those who only draw, participating artists also identify as installation artists, performance and video artists, mixed media artists and sculptors. Yet through their various mediums, all are intrinsically invested in a dialogue with drawing, both two dimensionally as well as by taking mark-making, line, erasure, transparency, memory and process, off the page and into three dimensional space.
Gabriel Orozco - Four Bicycles (There Is Only One Direction), 1994
Félix Gonázlez-Torres - Untitled (Last Light), 1993
Image via [Walker Art Center]
Felix Gonzalez-Torres - A Selection of Snapshots (published 2010)
"Snapshots sent by Felix Gonzalez-Torres to a number of his close friends between 1991 and 1995. He died of AIDS the next year.
The snapshots are quick poetic communiqués, a visual report on Felix’s outlook at particular moments in time, small gestures of hope, pleasure, and desire. They give evidence to some of his multiple fascinations: pets, furniture, collectible dolls, politics, art, friendship, beauty, love and optimism.”
"There is the potential for much more spontaneity with prints than there is with the sculpture, which tends to be very slow, accretive kind of process—labor intensive."
In a new video from the Exclusive series, current 100 Artists featured artist, Martin Puryear, discusses his interest in printmaking, shown working at the Paulson Bott Press in Berkeley, California, in 2002.
WATCH: Martin Puryear: Printmaking
Reprints of the FBI’s “Wanted” poster of Angela Davis graced the walls of many college dorm rooms in the fall of 1970 when Davis was on the run.
"We met three years ago. He was a junior and I was a freshman. We went out on a date to Shake Shack and talked for what seemed like forever. The vibe was strong and it was evident that something between us sparked."
Check out Like Sweet Morning Dew, a collaborative effort between writer Hyun Kim and photographer King Texas (who we will be featuring in our video documentary series) celebrating young love. We’re excited to see more stories.
"There remains this belief that the work itself can have an identity that can speak, whether it’s through beauty, or through ugliness, or whatever quality you put into the work. The work doesn’t have to be a transparent vehicle for you to say things about life today."
Happy birthday today (May 23) to artist Martin Puryear.
Seen here is the artist working from his Accord, New York studio in 2003. This scene is featured in the Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 2 episode, Time (2003).
We featured Puryear on the Art21 Tumblr twice this past February: once in a GIF and photoset of the artist’s work, Ladder for Booker T. Washington (1996), installed at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas; and once with a new video from our Exclusive series showing the artist’s printmaking work with Paulson Bott Press in Berkeley, California.
IMAGES: Production stills from the Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 2 episode, Time, 2003. © Art21, Inc. 2003.