Published: October 8, 2002
LONG ISLAND CITY, N.Y. – Drawing has become a major mode of expression for some of the most significant artists who have emerged over the past ten years. “Drawing Now: ,” at MoMA QNS, features approximately 250 drawings, including newly commissioned wall drawings, site-specific installations, and series rarely seen in their entirety, by a diverse group of 26 young artists from Europe, Asia and the Americas. Some other artists are well known while others are relative newcomers, but all have seized this most basic of mediums and pushed it to the forefront of contemporary art.
“Drawing Now” is divided into eight sections, or “propositions,” each presenting a unique artistic strategy in contemporary drawing. The exhibition is organized by Laura Hoptman, guest curator, and is on view at MoMA QNS to January 6.
MoMA has a long history of organizing exhibitions that present a selective overview of contemporary art – for example, the periodic surveys in the 1940s and 1950s assembled by Dorothy Miller, former curator in the department of painting and sculpture. It has also occasionally attempted to rethink the function and importance of whole fields of artistic practice – as Bernice Rose, former curator in the department of drawings, did in her landmark “Drawing Now” exhibition in 1976, and again in “Allegories of Modernism” in 1991. Hoptman’s “Drawing Now” exhibition – guided by a focused idea and a personal point of view, and introducing relatively young and emerging artists to the museum and to a board public – is a new analysis in the tradition of these enduring practices.
The newly commissioned wall drawings are by Los Carpinteros and Richard Wright, and site-specific installations are by Mark Manders, Barry McGee, and Yoshitomo Nara.
The other artists in the exhibition are Franz Ackermann, Kai Althoff, Kevin Appel, Russell Crotty, John Currin, Toba Khedoori, Graham Little, Julie Mehretu, Takashi Murakami, Paul Noble, Jockum Nordström, Chris Ofili, Laura Owens, Jennifer Pastor, Elizabeth Peyton, Neo Rauch, Matthew Ritchie, Ugo Rondionone, Shahzia Sikander, David Thorpe, and Kara Walker.
“Drawing Now: ” is accompanied by an illustrated catalog.
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