This exhibition is organized simultaneously with Marking Language at Drawing Room, London (October 10–December 14, 2013) and a joint publication will be produced.
This show features an international group of artists spanning the 1960s to today, all of whom are engaged in exploring the relationship between drawing and writing as distinct yet interrelated gestures. Now commonplace, visual art’s preoccupation with language had its roots in an unexpected linguistic turn circa 1960, when artists sought to recover a direct, sensory experience of the world. Paradoxically, language became a favored tool in this effort as artists such as Dan Graham, Mel Bochner, and Hanne Darboven manipulated the written text in an effort to evacuate predictable meaning and uncover the materiality of language. The exhibition considers a different path, one that emerged simultaneously with Conceptual Art but that embraced language in art as a means of questioning the written word’s communicative transparency on the one hand and visual art’s material opacity on the other. Challenging modernism’s longstanding effort to purge art of narrative association in favor of material and conceptual self-sufficiency, the artists in the exhibition pursue a hybrid aesthetic that privileges incompletion.
Curated by Claire Gilman.
Artists include Carl Andre, Pavel Büchler, Guy de Cointet, Mirtha Dermisache, Sean Landers, Allen Ruppersberg, Nina Papaconstantinou, Deb Sokolow, and Molly Springfield.
The New York Times review
"Together, the two exhibitions prompt mind-stretching reflection on the complicated relations between writing, communication and reality." - The New York Times
Drawing Time, Reading Time is made possible by the very generous support of Sarah Peter, Agnes Gund, anonymous, HRH Princess Firyal of Jordan, Kathleen Irvin Loughlin, Frank Williams, Karen Zukowski and David Diamond, Irene Panagopoulos, Gil Shiva, The Felix & Elizabeth Rohatyn Foundation, Amanda Foreman and Jonathan Barton, and Morris A. Orden.
The exhibition catalogue is made possible by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia.
Read Drawing Papers 108: Drawing Time, Reading Time.
Buy the catalogue.
Image: Allen Ruppersberg, Untitled (The Book as Object), 1976, Pencil on paper, 21 1/4 x 27 3/16 inches (54 x 69 cm) Collection of C. Christine Nichols.