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Pick up that pencil! In an era where computers are becoming more and more used in artworks and drawing seems a medium of the past, we look at two publications that exhibit the importance and weight of the art form that is drawing. With one looking at the contemporary impressions of drawing the human form, the other looks at the origins and impact of drawing in 1960’s America. 

Drawing People: The Human Figure in Contemporary Art Published by D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, Inc. Text by Roger Malbert

Featuring over 70 contemporary artists from around the world, Drawing People: The Human Figure in Contemporary Art is an in-depth look at how contemporary artists draw the human figure. Packed with drawings in pencil, ink, watercolor, charcoal and crayon, this publication dives into the world of drawing, looking not only at the medium itself but also into the artists individual styles, approach and narratives found within the works. The book features five chapters – “Body”,”Self”, “Personal Lives”, “Social Reality” and “Fictions” to cover as much ground as possible, showing works from Louise Bourgeois, Francesco Clemente, Adam Dant, Marlene Dumas, Dr. Lakra, Paul McCarthy, Nalini Malani, Wangechi Mutu and Raymond Pettibon to name a few. An absolute must for any art students and practicing artists!

Drawing Then: Innovation and Influence in American Drawings of the Sixties. Text by Text by Richard Shiff, Robert Storr, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Suzanne Hudson, Roni Feinstein, Anna Lovatt, Griselda Pollock

Investigating the revolutionary advancements of drawing as an artistic medium, which emerged in the USA during a time of intense social and political upheaval, Drawing Then: Innovation and Influence in American Drawings of the Sixties is inspired by The Museum of Modern Art’s 1976 exhibition “Drawing Now”. Featuring 70 works from 39 artists, the publication shows many works, around 50%, that were not originally exhibited in the 1976 exhibition. As well as featuring artists such as Josef Albers, Mel Bochner, Chuck Close, Dan Flavin, Eva Hesse, Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein to name just a selection, the book also features a newly commissioned work by Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, as well as rare archival material.

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