SEE ART Contemporary Drawing
10 November 2018 - 2 February 2019
Curated by Derek Zietsman
Although drawing has been at the core of all artistic processes since the dawn of art-making, it has only comparatively recently attained full status as an art practice in its own right. This exhibition acknowledges the central role of drawing in artmaking with a focus on South Africa.
Giorgio Vasari, a famous Renaissance artist and painter, was eloquent on the importance of drawing in the field of fine art. Vasari states, “Drawing… is the necessary beginning of everything [in art], and not having it, one has nothing.”
The practice of drawing has changed over the last four decades. Since the 1970s mainly technology changes have reshaped our political and social worlds, such as the rapid rise of digital technology, instant global connectedness, enhanced mobility, the internet, social media. Artmaking has adapted to these new paradigms. The styles, materials, and forms of artmaking have expanded, and drawing has further entrenched its status as a recognised self-sufficient art form – drawing has broadened our assumptions about art.
To quote Anita Taylor, director of the Jerwood Drawing Prize and dean of Bath School of Art and Design, “The need to understand the world through visual means would seem more acute than ever; images transcend the barriers of language, and enhance communications in an increasingly globalised world.”
Drawing now enjoys a visibility so evident it seems almost organic, essential; a practice that can identify with, and fulfill the expressive needs of today's artists.
The exhibition, SEE ART: Contemporary Drawing, will be displayed in a salon-style. The salon-style of displaying artworks originated in the 1700s when artists were given an opportunity to hang their work in a public venue. The works are displayed close together, floor to ceiling and in a non-linear
Participating: Various artists
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