Drawing seldom gets its due — in museums, galleries, books or even the internet — always relegated to a lesser status then other media.
To be fair, this is partially because drawings and other works on paper are more subject to light damage and generally cannot be on permanent display; but largely it’s just that they are considered less impressive then colorful paintings.
Drawings, however, have their own visual charms, quite unlike those of paintings; though they often reveal them in more subtle ways, perhaps requiring a little more contemplation on the part of the viewer.
Arcadia Fine Arts, a gallery in Soho that has been a long standing bulwark of representational art amid the waves of modernist “isms” that routinely flood the art scene in New York, has mounted a themed group show of drawings — drawn, if you will, largely from their roster of highly regarded representational artists but also including some names new to the gallery.
Drawing the Line opens today and runs to November 1, 2012. There is a color catalog available.
(Please note that after the exhibition closes, the link I’ve provided will simply be to the gallery’s current show at that time.)
On Arcadia’s website, the drawings are shown in their frames; I’ve taken the liberty here of cropping in on them to show them larger in a limited space, at times altering the composition by cropping away shadows from the frames.
(Images above: Richard Morris, Kerry Brooks, Michael Chapman, Danny Galieote, Dorian Vallejo, Michael Klein, Julio Reyes, Ron Hicks, Jeremy Lipking)
3 Replies to “Drawing the Line at Arcadia Fine Arts”
I am not going to comment on the drawings, their fantastic, thanks.
I am going to comment on the realization I have come to with the lack of exposure and status of drawing, whether they be an old master’s work or modern artist. We people, have been conditioned to applaud the finished product and then to give that product the “official” OK or reward, even if that simply means our worthwhile time. Who wants to watch their favorite basketball player practice free throws for several hours, who wishes attend a voice strengthening lesson of their fav. singer? Obviously, as with arts/drawing there are those who do find value in these more “mundane” events and also appeals to those who wish to learn to do also in like way to achieve like result. Its the immediate gratification of our society…the more art there is in education the more likely it would be that the particulars would find a broader audience,I would suppose. And, I have had to explain to my wife that I’m not doing nothing…I sketch/draw for at least 20 mins a day. She will ask things like, you bought more paint two weeks ago, where is my painting you said you do…
She hadn’t appreciated till told that there is much that comes before the full color, fun explosion of the end product, now when I am doing studies she respects it, and is conscious of the process.
I fear I have rambles but it is only that I value drawings so highly and they are almost absent from museums/reg. public’s view. Obviously, more then any other thing it is why people give up on drawing thinking only TALENT can produce a nice painting…never having seen the down and dirty sketches of the artist in their learning and study.
I like Mark’s comment.
I also love your blog- you are sourcing so many wonderful images from a variety of styles, time periods, and artists. I am doing a blog post about your blog and the inspiration I have found on it, to post on the 19th in a few days. I hope you will appreciate it as much as I am appreciating your posts.
To me, pencil drawing is a very emotional, very quick, very abrupt medium… I will perhaps put in a terrific black and press down on the pencil so strongly that the lead will break, in order to emphasize my emotional impact with the object. . . . Pencil is sort of like fencing or shooting. Yet sometimes my hand, almost my fingertips, begins to shiver when I start.”
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