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The first university-level textbook on the power, condition, and expanse of contemporary fine art drawing


A Companion to Contemporary Drawing explores how 20th and 21st century artists have used drawing to understand and comment on the world. Presenting contributions by both theorists and practitioners, this unique textbook considers the place, space, and history of drawing and explores shifts in attitudes towards its practice over the years. Twenty-seven essays discuss how drawing emerges from the mind of the artist to question and reflect upon what they see, feel, and experience.


This book discusses key themes in contemporary drawing practice, addresses the working conditions and context of artists, and considers a wide range of personal, social, and political considerations that influence artistic choices. Topics include the politics of eroticism in South American drawing, anti-capitalist drawing from Eastern Europe, drawing and conceptual art, feminist drawing, and exhibitions that have put drawing practices at the centre of contemporary art. This textbook:





Demonstrates ways contemporary issues and concerns are addressed through drawing

Reveals how drawing is used to make powerful social and political statements

Situates works by contemporary practitioners within the context of their historical moment

Explores how contemporary art practices utilize drawing as both process and finished artifact

Shows how concepts of observation, representation, and audience have changed dramatically in the digital era

Establishes drawing as a mode of thought



Part of the acclaimed Wiley Blackwell Companions to Art History series, A Companion to Contemporary Drawing is a valuable text for students of fine art, art history, and curating, and for practitioners working within contemporary fine art practice.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 576 pages
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1119194547
  • 9781119194545

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WILEY BLACKWELL COMPANIONS TO ART HISTORY

A Companion to Contemporary Drawing

The first university-level textbook on the power, condition, and expanse of contemporary fine art drawing

A Companion to Contemporary Drawing explores how twentieth and twenty-first century artists have used drawing to understand and comment on the world. Presenting contributions by both theorists and practitioners, this unique textbook considers the place, space, and history of drawing, and explores shifts in attitudes towards its practice over the years. Twenty-seven essays discuss how drawing emerges from the mind of the artist to question and reflect upon what they see, feel, and experience.

This book discusses key themes in contemporary drawing practice, addresses the working conditions and context of artists, and considers a wide range of personal, social, and political considerations that influence artistic choices. Topics include the politics of eroticism in South American drawing, anti-capitalist drawing from Eastern Europe, drawing and conceptual art, feminist drawing, and exhibitions that have placed drawing practices at the centre of contemporary art. This comprehensive study: Demonstrates the ways in which contemporary issues and concerns are addressed through drawing Reveals how drawing is used to make powerful social and political statements Situates works by contemporary practitioners within the context of their historical moment Explores how contemporary art practices utilize drawing as both process and finished artifact Shows how concepts of observation, representation, and audience have changed dramatically in the digital era

Part of the acclaimed Wiley Blackwell Companions to Art History series, A Companion to Contemporary Drawing is a valuable text for students of fine art, art history, and curating, and for practitioners working within contemporary fine art practice.
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Table of contents

Notes on contributors


Acknowledgements


Introduction
Kelly Chorpening and Rebecca Fortnum


The Power of Drawing


1 The Black Index
Bridget R. Cooks


2 A State of Alert: The Politics of Eroticism in South American Drawing
Sofia Gotti


3 Graphic Witness
Kate MacFarlane


4 Drawn from Communism: Anti-Capitalist Drawing from Central-Eastern Europe
Magdalena Radomska


5 Differencing Drawing: Feminist Perspectives on Line, Surface and Space
Griselda Pollock


6 A Dirty Double Mirror: Drawing, Autobiography and Feminism
Rebecca Fortnum


7 Between the Sky and the Handle: Shilpa Gupta's Drawings in the Contemporary
Parul Dave Mukherji


8 Drawing as Contagion
Jade Montserrat


9 Curating Drawing: Exhibitions and the Centering of Drawing In Contemporary Art
Joao Ribas


The Condition of Drawing


10 Observation and Drawing: From Looking to Seeing
Paul Moorhouse


11 Drawing's Impropriety
Lucian Massaert


12 Drawing in Atopia; an exploration of 'drift' as method
Beth Harland


13 Works on/and/with Paper: Approaching Drawing as Responsive Marking
Marina Kassianidou


14 Indexical Drawing: On Frottage
Margaret Iversen


15 Ground as Critical Limit
Laura Lisbon


16 Drawing's Finish
Stephanie Straine


17 Radical Antinomies: Drawing and Conceptual Art
Anna Lovatt


18 Drawing Desires
Sunil Manghani


19 Drawing from life in the 21st century art school
Kelly Chorpening


The Expanse of Drawing


20 Marking Time, Moving Images: Drawing and Film
Ed Kr?ma


21 Digital Drawing
Tamarin Norwood


22 The dot and the line: Drawing Amongst Computers
Jane de Almeida


23 Installation/Drawing: spaces of drawing between art and architecture
Sophia Banou


24 Informational Drawing
Matthew Ritchie


25 Drawing Towards Sound - Notation, Diagram, Drawing
David Ryan


26 Chinese calligraphy: a drawing ecology
Eric Otto Wear


27 The Enduring Power of Comic Strips
Simon Grennan


Index
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About Dana Arnold

Kelly Chorpening is the Fine Art Programme Director at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts, London. She has worked extensively in drawing as an artist, writer, curator and educator, within fine art and across disciplines, and in a number of national contexts.

Rebecca Fortnum is Professor of Fine Art at the Royal College of Art, UK. She is the author of Contemporary British Women Artists; In their own words and On Not Knowing; How Artists Think. She has exhibited widely including solo exhibitions at the Freud Museum and the The V&A Museum of Childhood in London.
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