In a period where technology has accelerated image production - perhaps even beyond human attention - what values can we attribute to the slow, conscious process of drawing by hand? Drawing in the present Tense explores the many different ways in which contemporary artists from around the world have come to approach drawing as the primary - sometimes the only - element of their practice. And with drawing as the end in itself, rather than a means to an end.
Grouped thematically according to specific approaches, including abstraction and figuration, nature and artistry, social observation and criticism - and with essays and feature posts for each section - the book includes a selection of international artists with different backgrounds and experience, including: Michael Armitage , Camille Henrot, Robert Longo, Amy Sillman and Kara Walker. But also a wealth of new talent.
The works of art here are not limited to being created with traditional tools – you can also draw on a computer, tablet or smartphone, and examples of digital drawing are represented in the book, as one medium among many.
The authors are Claire Gilman, Chief Curator of The Drawing Centre, New York and Roger Malbert, Curator and Writer, former Head of Hayward Touring at Southbank Centre, London 2000-2018.
Dimensions: H: 32 x W: 24 cm
Authors: Claire Gilman and Roger Malbert