Martin Wilner with Mickey Cartin and Brett Littman
In conjunction with Portraits from the École des Beaux-Arts Paris, The Drawing Center will host the launch of artist and practicing psychiatrist Martin Wilner’s Case Histories 2012 limited artist's edition benefit portfolio. This edition features Wilner’s unique monthly portrait drawings of artists, filmmakers, musicians, curators, and collectors, created over the course of 2012. Wilner will sit down with longtime friend of the artist Mickey Cartin and Executive Director of The Drawing Center, Brett Littman (who both “sat” for portraits in Wilner’s Making History series) to discuss his process.
Image: Martin Wilner, Making History: Case Histories, February 2012: Darren Aronofsky. Pen and ink on Bristol board, 16 1/2 x 17 1/8 inches. The Cartin Collection.
Portraits from the École des Beaux-Arts Paris + Natalie Frank + Open Sessions 3 + Abdelkader Benchamma + Rachel Goodyear
Please join us Thursday, April 16th for the opening reception of:
Portraits from the École des Beaux-Arts Paris
Natalie Frank: The Brother's Grimm
Open Sessions 3
Abdelkader Benchamma: Representation of Dark Matter
Rachel Goodyear: Restless Guests
This event is FREE and open to the public.
In the Main Gallery, Portraits from the École des Beaux-Arts Paris explores four hundred years of portrait drawings from live models. Each week, a different set of four portraits from different centuries and with different formal qualities will be hung "in dialogue" with each other in a specially-built room located in the center of The Drawing Center’s Main Gallery. Forty portraits have been chosen from the collection of Beaux-Arts de Paris based on diverse criteria such as the male and female gestures, caricature, frontal gaze, social class, and profession of the model. The remaining thirty six portraits in the exhibition will be hung on the gallery's outside walls and will be visible to the visitor throughout the exhibition's run.
In Natalie Frank: The Brother's Grimm, located in the Drawing Room, Frank applies her visual and psychological acumen to that most evocative and misunderstood of literary forms, the fairytale. Only a few contemporary artists have worked with the fairytale genre; fewer still have systematically interrogated the complexity of these tales and the way in which they address social and sexual mores that continue to have relevance today.
In addition in The Lab gallery, Open Sessions continues with artist-directed group exhibitions. Open Sessions 3 will include artists Zach Rockhill, Steffani Jemison, Jina Valentine, Annette Cords, Nyeema Morgan, Ernesto Caivano, and Becky Brown. Curated by Nova Benway and Lisa Sigal, Open Sessions Curators.
Also each year an artist will be invited to create a site-specific wall drawing in The Drawing Center’s main stairwell. The Center commences this series in April 2015 with a commission by contemporary artist Abdelkader Benchamma. For his first U.S. museum presentation, Benchamma will create an astrological vortex in the strikingly graphic large-scale drawing, Representation of Dark Matter, 2015. Comprised of a series of linear abstractions and nebulous, inkblot forms the work is a highly articulated depiction of the complexity of the solar system and its nearly imperceptible dark matter.
In The Lab cooridor, Rachel Goodyear: Restless Guests will present a selection of drawings and hand-drawn animations. The animated works loop seamlessly, unfolding a narrative that never fully coheres, while the drawings - inspired by found sources, Goodyear's own photographs, and studies of invented scenarios - evoke a sense of drifting in and out of focus and consciousness.
Image: Jacob Ferdinand Voet, Portrait de femme vue de face, 1639-1700, Colored pencil on blue paper. 22.5 X 16 cm
Thursday, April 30, 7–9pm at the Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY.
Present your receipt from your visit to the Drawing Center exhibition for free admission.
The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center at The Brooklyn Museum will host an evening with Natalie Frank and guests. A panel discussion about fairy tales, sexuality, Feminism, and Frank’s recent work will feature the artist, Drawing Center Curator Claire Gilman, renowned art historian Linda Nochlin, and fairy tale expert Jack Zipes. Readings of select Grimm’s tales by Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Michael Cunningham, legendary choreographer Bill T. Jones, and acclaimed essayist and feminist sage Ariel Levy will follow.
After the program, the artist will be on-hand to sign copies of her new book Tales of the Brothers Grimm, published by Damiani and distributed by DAP. The 270-page fully illustrated hardcover book contains thirty-six Grimm’s tales selected and pictorially reinterpreted by the artist as well as texts by Zipes, Nochlin, and Gilman and a conversation between Frank and director Julie Taymore.
This event is in conjunction with Natalie Frank: The Brother's Grimm.
Artists in Residence
Ryan and Trevor Oakes
The Drawing Center has commissioned artists Ryan and Trevor Oakes to use the exhibition Portraits from the École des Beaux-Arts Paris as a platform to further explore the genre of portraiture. For eight consecutive Thursdays during May 7–June 25th, 2015 from 12–8 PM, the artists will be in residence in our Main Gallery. Using their unique drawing techniques, they will create a group “portrait” of our space and of visitors to our gallery. One can request an hour-long reservation for a portrait sitting by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Image: Ryan and Trevor Oakes, Geneva Snowscape 1, 2014. Oil paint on aluminum, 9 1/2 x 10 x 1 inches.