A Year in Drawing

June 12 – August 1, 2008

Press Release

Louise Bourgeois, Iran do Espírito Santo, Angelo Filomeno, Andy Goldsworthy, Jane Hammond, Jim Hodges, Catherine Lee, Sol LeWitt, Nalini Malani, Emilio Perez, Jaume Plensa, Sean Scully, Kate Shepherd, Kiki Smith, Nancy Spero, Ursula von Rydingsvard


In A Year in Drawing, Galerie Lelong presents a diverse sampling of works on paper made by artists represented by or closely associated with the gallery. On view will be drawings that reflect a wide range of sensibilities, subject matter, and materials. The minimalist drawings of Sol LeWitt, Kate Shepherd, and Iran do Espírito Santo contrast with the works of Nancy Spero, Nalini Malani, Jaume Plensa, and Jane Hammond, who each incorporate text in their potent and evocative imagery. Both Kiki Smith and Jim Hodges are renowned for working with various media and contribute exemplary drawings to the exhibition.

For some of the artists, drawing is the primary medium for which they are known, while others in the exhibition have used drawings to inform or extend from their painting or sculptural work. Louise Bourgeois and Ursula von Rydingsvard make light-handed, spontaneous drawings distinct from the immense sculptures that are their hallmark, while Catherine Lee’s works-on-paper directly recall her repetitious wall reliefs. Similarly, the graphite drawings of Angelo Filomeno depict subjects seen in his embroidery paintings and mixed-media sculptures, and the abstract watercolors of Emilio Perez are autonomous from yet evoke his paintings. For Sean Scully, on view will be drawings and sketchbooks that document the reductive patterns he brings to fruition in his paintings. In his Snowball Drawings, Andy Goldsworthy presents traces of the ephemeral and uncertain, themes that pervade his other works.

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