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MAIN GALLERY Apr 10, 2015 - Jun 28, 2015

Portraits from the École des Beaux-Arts Paris

Jacob Ferdinand Voet, //Portrait de femme vue de face//, 1639-1700, Colored pencil on blue paper. 22.5 X 16 cm Jacob Ferdinand Voet, //Portrait de femme vue de face//, 1639-1700, Colored pencil on blue paper. 22.5 X 16 cm Jacob Ferdinand Voet, //Portrait de femme vue de face//, 1639-1700, Colored pencil on blue paper. 22.5 X 16 cm

Jacob Ferdinand Voet, Portrait de femme vue de face, 1639-1700, Colored pencil on blue paper. 22.5 X 16 cm

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.


This exhibition explores four hundred years of portrait drawings, emphasizing work 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 Beaux-Arts de Paris' collection based on diverse criteria such as the male and female gestures, caricature, frontal gaze, social class, and profession of the model. The room is inspired by the intimate gallery at the Galleria Doria Pamphilj in Rome where Velazquez’s portrait of Pope Innocent X (c.1649) hangs, which only accommodates a small number of visitors at a time and was designed to provide a space for close viewing and contemplation without crowds. 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.

This unique exhibition will explore the notion of drawn portraiture and provide alternative readings of this important genre of art making within a contemporary context. The selection of works is extensive, ranging from never-before-exhibited drawings by seventeenth-century luminaries Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and Charles Garnier to the work of modern and contemporary masters Henri Matisse and Georg Baselitz to portraits by recent graduates of the Beaux-Arts de Paris.

Co-curated by Emmanuelle Brugerolles, Curator of the Drawings collection at the Beaux-Arts de Paris and Brett Littman, Executive Director of The Drawing Center.

Lead support for Portraits from the École des Beaux-Arts comes from Canson. Additional support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Robert Lehman Foundation, Ildeko and Gilbert Butler, Catherine and Arthur Williams, Diane Nixon, David Tobey, Elizabeth Eveillard, the Kress Family Foundation, and Jill Newhouse.

Image: Jacob Ferdinand Voet, Portrait de femme vue de face, 1639-1700, Colored pencil on blue paper. 22.5 X 16 cm

THE DRAWING ROOM Apr 10, 2015 - Jun 28, 2015

Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm

Natalie Frank, //Cinderella  II//, 2011-4, Gouache and chalk pastel on paper, 22 x 30 inches. Courtesy of  the Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin; Promised gift of Kathleen Irvin Loughlin and Chris Loughlin Natalie Frank, //Cinderella  II//, 2011-4, Gouache and chalk pastel on paper, 22 x 30 inches. Courtesy of  the Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin; Promised gift of Kathleen Irvin Loughlin and Chris Loughlin Natalie Frank, //Cinderella  II//, 2011-4, Gouache and chalk pastel on paper, 22 x 30 inches. Courtesy of  the Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin; Promised gift of Kathleen Irvin Loughlin and Chris Loughlin

Natalie Frank, Cinderella II, 2011-4, Gouache and chalk pastel on paper, 22 x 30 inches. Courtesy of the Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin; Promised gift of Kathleen Irvin Loughlin and Chris Loughlin

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.


Since completing her M.F.A. at Columbia University in 2006, Natalie Frank has been making a name for herself with energetic, visceral paintings that boldly embrace the liminal space between figuration and abstraction. A virtuoso painter and draftswoman, Frank is unique among her peers in her willingness to employ the traditional mediums of painting and drawing in the service of taboo themes. Focusing on the dialogue between flesh and spirit, the artist explores, in her own words, the parallel poles of “longing and desire but also disgust and fascination” that constitute humanity.

At The Drawing Center, Frank applies her visual and psychological acumen to that most evocative and misunderstood of literary forms, the fairytale—specifically the stories of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Only a few contemporary artists have worked within 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. Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm will present a selection of approximately forty drawings out of a total of seventy-five images dealing with thirty-six tales. The drawings will be made in gouache and chalk pastel—the first time that Frank has worked exclusively in this medium—producing both gritty and luminous surface effects. Engaging the intersections between body and mind, reality and fiction, the series can be seen as a contemporary reimagining of a symbolist legacy.

Curated by Claire Gilman, Curator.

Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm is made possible by the support of The Evelyn Toll Family Foundation, Merrill Mahan, Stephanie Ingrassia, Sarah Peter, Kim Manocherian, Irwin Gold, and Liz Parks.

Special thanks to Rhona Hoffman Gallery and Acme.

Image: Natalie Frank, Cinderella II, 2011-4, Gouache and chalk pastel on paper, 22 x 30 inches. Courtesy of the Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin; Promised gift of Kathleen Irvin Loughlin and Chris Loughlin.

THE LAB Apr 10, 2015 - May 15, 2015

Open Sessions 3

Image: Ernesto Caivano, //Codex 08.16.2013.I//, 2014, Graphite on paper, 10 x 7 inches
Courtesy of the artist. Image: Ernesto Caivano, //Codex 08.16.2013.I//, 2014, Graphite on paper, 10 x 7 inches
Courtesy of the artist. Image: Ernesto Caivano, //Codex 08.16.2013.I//, 2014, Graphite on paper, 10 x 7 inches
Courtesy of the artist.

Image: Ernesto Caivano, Codex 08.16.2013.I, 2014, Graphite on paper, 10 x 7 inches
Courtesy of the artist.

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.


Open Sessions continues with artist-directed group exhibitions.

Will you stay home, please? This blade of grass is positively, miraculously, familiar. Stealing first base…!? A veritable, infinity of obstacles between here and— The last ephemeral boon of untruthful clearings is perfect nowhere. Original obstacles entrenched in chaparral; pervasive, go haywire. A singular event, methodically set forth, laid plain many paths across a desolate landscape …and when "an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?" The complexity of oceans beams from an irreducible glitter.

This exhibition features the works of Becky Brown, Ernesto Caivano, Annette Cords, Steffani Jemison, Nyeema Morgan, Zach Rockhill, and Jina Valentine.

Image: Ernesto Caivano, Codex 08.16.2013.I, 2014 (detail), Graphite on paper, 10 x 7 inches, Courtesy of the artist.

STAIRWELL Apr 10, 2015 - Mar 01, 2016

Abdelkader Benchamma: Representation of Dark Matter

Abdelkader Benchamma, //Representation of Dark Matter (installation rendering)//, 2015, Mixed media, Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde. Abdelkader Benchamma, //Representation of Dark Matter (installation rendering)//, 2015, Mixed media, Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde. Abdelkader Benchamma, //Representation of Dark Matter (installation rendering)//, 2015, Mixed media, Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde.

Abdelkader Benchamma, Representation of Dark Matter (installation rendering), 2015, Mixed media, Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde.

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.


Further activating The Drawing Center's newly designed exhibition spaces, each year an artist will be invited to create a wall drawing in the gallery’s main entryway and stairwell. The Center continues this initiative in April 2015 with a commission by contemporary artist Abdelkader Benchamma (b. 1975, Mazamet, France).

For his first U.S. museum presentation, Abdelkader 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. The image’s swirling masses of lines are intricately rendered to resemble scientific illustrations of the Big Bang and explosive cosmic forces. Benchamma’s monochromatic use of such drawing tools as black felt-tip pens, India ink, and charcoal against the gallery wall’s pristine surface will result in a subtle array of tones and textures that straddles the boundaries between figuration and abstraction. As an occult mapping of time and space, this immersive installation gives form to that which is infinitely large and perpetually transforming.

Curated by Joanna Kleinberg Romanow, Adjunct Assistant Curator.

Abdelkader Benchamma: Representation of Dark Matter is made possible by the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai and galerie du jour agnes b., Paris.

Image: Abdelkader Benchamma, Representation of Dark Matter (installation rendering), 2015, Mixed media, Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde.

The Lab corridor Apr 10, 2015 - Mar 01, 2016

Rachel Goodyear: Restless Guests

RACHEL GOODYEAR, //AFTERNOON//, 2011, PENCIL AND WATERCOLOR ON PAPER, FRAMED, 23 3/5 X 16 1/2 INCHES (60 X 42 CM). COURTESY PIPPY HOULDSWORTH GALLERY, COPYRIGHT THE ARTIST.
RACHEL GOODYEAR, //AFTERNOON//, 2011, PENCIL AND WATERCOLOR ON PAPER, FRAMED, 23 3/5 X 16 1/2 INCHES (60 X 42 CM). COURTESY PIPPY HOULDSWORTH GALLERY, COPYRIGHT THE ARTIST.
RACHEL GOODYEAR, //AFTERNOON//, 2011, PENCIL AND WATERCOLOR ON PAPER, FRAMED, 23 3/5 X 16 1/2 INCHES (60 X 42 CM). COURTESY PIPPY HOULDSWORTH GALLERY, COPYRIGHT THE ARTIST.

RACHEL GOODYEAR, AFTERNOON, 2011, PENCIL AND WATERCOLOR ON PAPER, FRAMED, 23 3/5 X 16 1/2 INCHES (60 X 42 CM). COURTESY PIPPY HOULDSWORTH GALLERY, COPYRIGHT THE ARTIST.

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.


UK-based artist Rachel Goodyear will present a selection of drawings and hand-drawn animations in The Lab corridor. 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.

Curated by Jessica Man, Curatorial Assistant.

Rachel Goodyear: Restless Guests is made possible by the support of Pippy Houldsworth Gallery.

Image: Rachel Goodyear, Afternoon, 2011, Pencil and watercolor on paper, framed, 23 3/5 x 16 1/2 inches (60 x 42 cm). Courtesy Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, Copyright the artist.

THE LAB May 29, 2015 - Jun 28, 2015

İnci Eviner: Runaway Girls

The Drawing Center has commissioned Turkish multi-media artist Inci Eviner to create a new work, entitled Runaway Girls, for her debut exhibition at The Drawing Center’s Lab Gallery. Runaway Girls (3 minutes) deals with the dreams, stories, and fears of girls who have either chosen to run away or were forced to leave their communities. Eviner’s goal for the project is to explore the lives of girls living on the edge of society in Turkey and beyond.

Eviner’s work is often political and explores the lives and activities of marginalized peoples. The repetitive, hypnotically shifting scenes depicted in the artist’s video’s address contemporary feminism, while exploring broader historical narratives and notions of the body and performance. Eviner’s complex scenes employ a wide variety of drawing traditions, including engravings, ceramic tile designs, and architectural plans. “For me," the artist says, "drawing is very lively, very necessary." "The line is very conceptual…and at the same time very expressive.”

Curated by Brett Littman, Executive Director.

The production of Inci Eviner: Runaway Girls is made possible by SAHA Association, Istanbul and Sarah Peter.

Image: İnci Eviner. Parliament, 2010, 1080p25 HD video data with stereo, 3 min. Copyright İnci Eviner 2010. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Nev, Istanbul.