Focus: Slow Looking: Contemporary Drawing

Anna Barriball, ‘Brick Wall’ 2005
Anna Barriball
Brick Wall 2005
Tate
© Anna Barriball, courtesy Frith Street Gallery, London

This display brings together artists who use drawing in a variety of ways to reinvigorate image making and representation. They do so by deploying the deliberately unremarkable properties of pencil on paper, attracted by drawing’s economy of means and its flexibility. Instead of seeing drawing as a preparatory form, as has been its traditional role, these artists invest time, skill and care in the production of finished pieces. Creating a sense of visual intrigue they rework images and objects that are found, ;made or imagined. Paul Chiappe and Richard Forster use found photographs while David Musgrave and Peter Peri invent their subjects. Anna Barriball combines sculpture and drawing to create works that sit somewhere between a flat image and a three-dimensional object. Although the creative process is not the artists’ primary concern, their meticulous methods of making often highly detailed works may slow the pace at which the viewer encounters each piece.

This display has been devised by curator Katharine Stout.

This display has been made possible by the provision of insurance through the Government Indemnity Scheme. Tate would like to thank HM Government for providing Government Indemnity and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Arts Council England for arranging the indemnity.

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