The Intuitionists exhibition is on view in our Main Gallery through August 24. #Repost from @lavai_maria —- #Drawing exhibition at #TheDrawingCenter #theintuitionists #nyc (at The Drawing Center)

Up now on our online gallery is Figure and Ground, 2012 by Diana Shpungin, a Brooklyn-based multi-disciplinary artist born in the seaside town of Riga, Latvia. Figure And Ground animates graphite pencil drawings depicting a scene based on family photographs and the artist’s fractured memories.  The image hovers between figuration and abstraction as the sound of crashing waves plays quietly in the background.
Diana ShpunginFigure And Ground, 2012hand drawn video animationcontinuous loop, dimensions variableedition of 5

Up now on our online gallery is Figure and Ground, 2012 by Diana Shpungin, a Brooklyn-based multi-disciplinary artist born in the seaside town of Riga, Latvia. Figure And Ground animates graphite pencil drawings depicting a scene based on family photographs and the artist’s fractured memories.  The image hovers between figuration and abstraction as the sound of crashing waves plays quietly in the background.

Diana Shpungin
Figure And Ground, 2012
hand drawn video animation
continuous loop, dimensions variable
edition of 5

Our Bookstore Manager Kate Robinson photographed a visitor’s shadow on our Small. exhibition window poster!  The visitor is pinching a feature on a poster of Claire Harvey’s “Easily Removable People”, 2006 in which Harvey depicts nameless individuals on small swatches of transparent tape.

Small. is on view through August 24.

Small. features a selection of international contemporary artists who adopt an intimate format to explore issues related to visual perception, personal and historical memory, and the power of the imagination. The artists in Small. are: Firelei Báez (b. 1981, Santiago de los Trenta Caballeros, Dominican Republic), Emmanouil Bitsakis (b. 1974, Athens, Greece), Paul Chiappe (b. 1984, Kircady, Scotland), Claire Harvey (b. 1976, United Kingdom), Tom Molloy, (b. 1964, Waterford, Ireland), Rita Ponce de León (b. 1982, Lima, Peru), Peggy Preheim (b. 1963, Yankton, SD), James Sheehan (b. 1964, San Francisco, CA), and Tinus Vermeersch (b. 1976, Belgium).

Read Thomas Micchelli thoughtful consideration of our current exhibition - The Intuitionists on Hyperallergic.

"Simultaneously confounding and illuminating, The Intuitionists at the Drawing Center is a puzzle within a puzzle, a conceptual stunt that raises sticky questions about curatorial responsibility and the structuring of aesthetic experience.

If you approach the exhibition knowing nothing of its premise, you might be persuaded that the curators are focusing on artists who make their decisions based not on observation, formal precepts or theoretical propositions, but on an instinctive grasp of materials and image, and there is abundant visual evidence that this is the case.

But it’s not. The show is derived from The Intuitionist, a 1999 novel by Colson Whitehead.”

Please continue reading here.

Image: Nicholas Fraser, “The Inexhaustible Clarity of His Screaming” (2014), cut black Tyvek, 36 x 58 1/4 x 1 1/2 inches.

  1. Camera: iPhone 5c
  2. Aperture: f/2.4
  3. Exposure: 1/20th
  4. Focal Length: 4mm

Join us this Thursday for Critique and Conversation! Former Viewing Program curators Nayland Blake, Peter Drake, Nina Katchadourian, Byron Kim, and George Negroponte will engage in conversation and critique with artists from The Intuitionists.

Critique and Conversation, July 24 at 6:30pm.
FREE!

The informal meetings, open to the public and taking place simultaneously in the gallery, will include anecdotal stories conversations about the show itself and responses to the drawings on the table. The evening will provide an opportunity to reconnect with some of your favorite Viewing Program curators and meet Heather Hart and Steffani Jemison, two of the organizers behind The Intuitionists.

Image: from The Intuitionists exhibition.

Working on our upcoming Tomi Ungerer exhibition (January 2015), today our curator Claire Gilman was looking at Ungerer’s original 1960s posters for possible inclusion. #Repost from @clairesgilman —- @tomiungerer is coming to @drawingcenter! With #JackRennert of Posters Please.

This is a beautiful page from “Ocean Flowers: Impressions from Nature”, an out-of-print gem that can be pursued in our #Scriptorium on the weekend.

Created in the spirit of the medieval scriptorium—the room in monasteries devoted to the transcription of manuscripts—on the weekends through Aug 24 our Scriptorium invites viewers to research, react, and draw inspiration from the institution’s rich publication history. Visitors are encouraged to create their own “transcriptions” of our texts, which will be scanned for archival purposes and displayed in the Scriptorium itself.

Here’s a complete list of available titles available in the Scriptorium* this summer!
From top to bottom:
3 x Abstraction: New Methods of Drawing by Hilma af Klint, Emma Kunz, and Agnes Martin, 2005
Alternative Art New York, 1965-1985, 2002
Between Street and Mirror: The Drawings of James Ensor, 2001
Cultural Economies: Histories from the Alternative Arts Movement, NYC, 1996
Mark Lombardi: Global Networks, 2003
Ocean Flowers: Impressions from Nature, 2004
Ellen Gallagher: Preserve, 2002
The Activist Drawing: Retracing Situationist Architecture from Constant’s New Babylon to Beyond, 2001
*Every weekend between July 12 and August 24, The Drawing Center will open the Scriptorium, an intimate space for the perusal of various out-of-print Drawing Center publications. Visitors are also encouraged to create their own “transcriptions” of Drawing Center texts, which will be scanned for archival purposes and displayed in the Scriptorium itself. Here’s a complete list of available titles available in the Scriptorium* this summer!
From top to bottom:
3 x Abstraction: New Methods of Drawing by Hilma af Klint, Emma Kunz, and Agnes Martin, 2005
Alternative Art New York, 1965-1985, 2002
Between Street and Mirror: The Drawings of James Ensor, 2001
Cultural Economies: Histories from the Alternative Arts Movement, NYC, 1996
Mark Lombardi: Global Networks, 2003
Ocean Flowers: Impressions from Nature, 2004
Ellen Gallagher: Preserve, 2002
The Activist Drawing: Retracing Situationist Architecture from Constant’s New Babylon to Beyond, 2001
*Every weekend between July 12 and August 24, The Drawing Center will open the Scriptorium, an intimate space for the perusal of various out-of-print Drawing Center publications. Visitors are also encouraged to create their own “transcriptions” of Drawing Center texts, which will be scanned for archival purposes and displayed in the Scriptorium itself. Here’s a complete list of available titles available in the Scriptorium* this summer!
From top to bottom:
3 x Abstraction: New Methods of Drawing by Hilma af Klint, Emma Kunz, and Agnes Martin, 2005
Alternative Art New York, 1965-1985, 2002
Between Street and Mirror: The Drawings of James Ensor, 2001
Cultural Economies: Histories from the Alternative Arts Movement, NYC, 1996
Mark Lombardi: Global Networks, 2003
Ocean Flowers: Impressions from Nature, 2004
Ellen Gallagher: Preserve, 2002
The Activist Drawing: Retracing Situationist Architecture from Constant’s New Babylon to Beyond, 2001
*Every weekend between July 12 and August 24, The Drawing Center will open the Scriptorium, an intimate space for the perusal of various out-of-print Drawing Center publications. Visitors are also encouraged to create their own “transcriptions” of Drawing Center texts, which will be scanned for archival purposes and displayed in the Scriptorium itself.

Here’s a complete list of available titles available in the Scriptorium* this summer!

From top to bottom:

3 x Abstraction: New Methods of Drawing by Hilma af Klint, Emma Kunz, and Agnes Martin, 2005

Alternative Art New York, 1965-1985, 2002

Between Street and Mirror: The Drawings of James Ensor, 2001

Cultural Economies: Histories from the Alternative Arts Movement, NYC, 1996

Mark Lombardi: Global Networks, 2003

Ocean Flowers: Impressions from Nature, 2004

Ellen Gallagher: Preserve, 2002

The Activist Drawing: Retracing Situationist Architecture from Constant’s New Babylon to Beyond, 2001

*Every weekend between July 12 and August 24, The Drawing Center will open the Scriptorium, an intimate space for the perusal of various out-of-print Drawing Center publications. Visitors are also encouraged to create their own “transcriptions” of Drawing Center texts, which will be scanned for archival purposes and displayed in the Scriptorium itself.

Join us for two Public Programs this month! FREE!

Critique and Conversation,
next Thursdays, July 24 at 6:30pm

Author Colson Whitehead and entertainer Reggie Watts Performance, Thursday, July 31 at 6:30pm

Image: from The Intuitionists exhibition. Both Public Programs are in conjunction with this current show. 

The Studio Museum in Harlem has a terrific drawing exhibition this summer featuring the work of Charles Gaines.

Gridwork 1974 - 1989 features pieces from Gaines’ early career as a conceptual artist. This exhibit explores “the ways in which Gaines’ early work on paper can be viewed as a crucial bridge between the first generation conceptualists of the 1960s and 1970s and the conceptually-based practices of artists who emerged in the ensuing decades, the exhibition includes rare and never-before-seen works, some of which were presumed lost.”

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The show will be on view through October 26. Read The New York Times on the show too.

Additionally, the Studio Museum has an ongoing project, called Harlem Postcards, and this is featuring Heather Hart this summer. Harlem Postcards invites contemporary artists of diverse backgrounds to reflect on Harlem as a site of cultural activity, political vitality, visual stimuli, artistic contemplation and creative production.”

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Hart co-organized The Drawing Center’s current exhibition, The Intuitionists, with fellow artists Steffani Jemison and Jina Valentine. The Intuitionists will be on view through August 24.

Images: Top - Charles Gaines, Numbers and Trees VI, Landscape, #7, 1989. Collection of Sheri and Arnold Schlessinger. Courtesy Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. Photo by Robert Wedemeyer.

Bottom - Heather Hart, Build-a-Brother Workshop (The Paper Doll Barbershop Poster), 2014.