The act of drawing has long been considered the foundation of an artistic education, and the life class essential to the formation of an artists style and technique. Yet in the contemporary art world drawing is increasingly regarded as a medium in its own right, and the figure as a subject for ongoing exploration well beyond the sketchbook.
Albrecht Durer (1471-1528) is arguably the first truly international artist, a celebrity both during his own lifetime and since. A major artist of the northern Renaissance, he was praised by his contemporaries and described shortly after his death as ‘the prince among German painters’.
The American Artist Ed Ruscha (b. 1937) has worked in a variety of media including painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, books and film, to produce art that is at once playful and profound. Based in Los Angeles since the late 1950s, he was influential in the development of Pop Art on the west coast, particularly through…
In Edgar Degas: Drawings and Pastels, Christopher Lloyd examines the artist’s drawings and pastels, traces the development of his style, and explores his biography, including his complicated relationship with the Impressionists.
Rene Gruau has been representing fashion since the 1940s. This talented illustrator with a worldwide reputation is probably the person most responsible for making fashion known in the second half of the 20th century, by understanding it better than anyone. This book, made in collaboration with the artist, contains some of the finest drawings that highlighted his career. It is a fashion show in its own right, signed with the famous signature of Gruau.
As an enemy of culture and of the art of museums, Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985) was also an anarchist, an atheist, anti-military and unpatriotic. He was an explosive force, a rebel who rejected labels and categories, resolute in his quest for freedom from all constraints, and not incidentally one of the most remarkable artists of the twentieth century.
Lines of Thought uncovers the process and practice of drawing, illustrated by a selection of work created over 500 years. From Dürer to Degas, Michelangelo to Matisse, Rembrandt to Riley, this publication studies the types of thinking that produced their drawings; brainstorming, inquiry, experiment, association, development and decision, giving us fresh insight into the creative impulse of some of the world’s greatest artists.
This fun and fabulously creative book is a face-drawing doodle book with a difference: the witty drawing prompts and exuberant artwork invite you not only to add faces to people but also to toast, fruit, bowling balls, and more.
Written and hand drawn by award-winning author Sarah Richardson, Make Your Mark is part drawing manual and part activity book, designed to build confidence and unlock creativity in all who use it. Rather than providing too many prescriptive instructions, Make Your Mark functions as a drawing aid, taking its readers on a creative journey. Beginning…
Renowned for his straightforward approach to making art and his deft economy of means, Martin Creed has produced sculptures, installations, drawings, films, performances, music, and text, each of which has found its inspiration in the objects and activities of everyday life. This extensive volume documents some 800 works produced over twenty years and selected by the artist himself.
The purpose of this volume is to introduce the reader to the pleasure of looking at master drawings. Through forty-five spectacular works of art, each shown in full and with an enlarged detail, the book simulates the experience of looking at a drawing through a magnifying glass: we can see the techniques and materials used and get close to the artist’s creativity.
Notating the Cosmology, 1973-2008 reproduces and organises pages torn from Matt Mullican’s own notebooks, accumulated over more than thirty years. The form imitates retrospective and biographic models, and integrates work notes used in Mullican’s performances under hypnosis that evoke his imaginary studio.
Exhibition catalogue for University of the Witwatersrand, 2002 A Catalogue of the highly acclaimed artist, Penny Siopis’s exhibition at the Getrude Posel Gallery. Sympathetic Magic explores the relationship between biography, memory and history in the life and work of Penny Siopis. Drawing upon anthropological theories of ‘sympathetic magic’ – the art of influencing events…