Vija Celmins Galaxy #1 (Coma Berenices) 1973

Vija Celmins
Galaxy #1 (Coma Berenices) 1973
Graphite and acrylic on paper

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This central room brings together contrasting examples of work to show the rich possibilities of drawing as an artistic practice.

The two side rooms focused on each of two fundamental aspects of drawing: the act of mark-making, and the narrative or representational quality of the medium. Here they are brought together, with abstract and gestural works set against drawings that rely on various levels of realism in order to convey ideas.

While most of the works here were conceived for public display, drawing, perhaps more than any other medium, has a private function for many artists. It can be the place in which ideas and techniques are developed, perfected, questioned and reconceived. This experimental and multifarious medium encompasses as many practices as there are artists. For many, the act of making marks on paper remains an essential expression of personal experience. It can take on new possibilities with the adoption of a surprising variety of materials and surfaces such as Ed Ruscha’s use of gunpowder, or Martin Kippenberger’s works on hotel notepaper. At the same time, realism continues to challenge perceptions. This may take the form of perfecting visual illusions that deceive the viewer or, quite differently, in placing recognisable situations or people under scrutiny.

The artistic territory between abstraction and realism is populated by possibilities, many of which are exemplified in works on display here. Ultimately, however, the practice of drawing remains vibrant, individual, complex and, above all, subject to continual re-invention. Drawing challenges the eye and fires the imagination.

Works on display

Vija Celmins
1938 born Latvia, works USA
Galaxy #1 (Coma Berenices) 1973
Graphite and acrylic on paper
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Chuck Close
1940 born and works USA
Self Portrait 1995
Pencil, marker and india ink on paper
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Bruce Conner
1933 born and works USA
Untitled Drawing, May 1972 1972
Pen and ink on paper
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Robert Gober
1954 born and works USA
Untitled #5 (Double Sink) 1984
Graphite on paper
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Jenny Holzer
1950 born and works USA
From the Living Series, Bench #16 1980–2
Graphite on paper
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Roni Horn
1955 born and works USA
Distant Double 2.26x & 2.26y 1989
Powdered pigment, varnish on paper
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Martin Kippenberger
1953–1997 born and worked Germany
Untitled 1989
Untitled 1989
Acrylic, graphite, ink and watercolour on paper
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Maria Kontis
1969 born and works Australia
Spread Out Across the World 2006
Pastel on velvet paper
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Edward Ruscha
1937 born and works USA
Coiled Paper 1973
Gunpowder on paper
Accordian Fold with Vaseline Stains  1973
Gunpowder and vaseline on paper
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William Wegman
1943 born and works USA
Art Medal 1983
Ink and watercolour on paper
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Cy Twombly
1928 born USA, works Italy
Untitled 1971–2
Cementito, wax crayon, graphite
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Robin Winters
1950 born and works USA
Ghent Historical Drawings 1986
Graphite on tea and coffee-stained paper
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Troy Brauntuch
1954 born and works USA
Untitled 1981
Chalk on black paper
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Walter Dahn
1954 born and works Germany
Untitled 1985
Acrylic on paper
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Richard Phillips
1962 born and works USA
My Sweet Lord (George Harrison) 1999
Charcoal and chalk
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Charles Avery
1973 born and works Britain
Hunter’s Cabin 2004
Pencil on paper
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John Currin
1962 born and works USA
New Suit 1995
Ink on paper
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Bonnie Camplin
1970 born and works Britain
High Acedia 2005
Pencil on paper
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Rosemarie Trockel
1952 born and works Germany
Untitled 1983
Gouache on paper
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Sandra Vásquez de la Horra
1967 born Chile, works Germany
Forever 2006
Ghost/Chair
2006
Pencil on paper dipped in wax
Toro 2006
Pencil on paper dipped in wax
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John Currin
1962 born and works USA
Rachel Reclining 2001
Charcoal on paper
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Jim Shaw
1952 born and works USA
Study for ‘Sin of Pride’ 1988
Graphite on paper
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Markus Lüpertz
1941 born Czechoslovakia, works Germany
Untitled (Mann In Anzug) 1976
Charcoal, gouache, pastel crayon and pencil on paper
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Robert Rauschenberg
1925 born and works USA
Untitled 1958
Solvent transfer, watercolour, gouache,
coloured pencils and graphite on paper
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Georg Baselitz
1938 born and works Germany
Whip Woman 1964
Peitschenfrau
Pen and brush and ink on paper
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Giuseppe Penone
1947 born and works Italy
Unknown 1992
Ink/pencil on paper
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Richard Diebenkorn
1922–1993 born and worked USA
Two Nudes Standing 1965
Graphite and brush and black ink on paper
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Stephan Balkenhol
1957 born and works Germany
Untitled 2006
Untitled 2006
Charcoal on paper
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Keith Edmier
1967 born and works USA
Fireweed 1999
Coloured pencil on paper
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