The first university-level textbook on the power, condition, and expanse of contemporary fine art drawing
A Companion to Contemporary Drawing explores how 20th and 21st century artists have used drawing to understand and comment on the world. Presenting contributions by both theorists and practitioners, this unique textbook considers the place, space, and history of drawing and explores shifts in attitudes towards its practice over the years. Twenty-seven essays discuss how drawing emerges from the mind of the artist to question and reflect upon what they see, feel, and experience.
This book discusses key themes in contemporary drawing practice, addresses the working conditions and context of artists, and considers a wide range of personal, social, and political considerations that influence artistic choices. Topics include the politics of eroticism in South American drawing, anti-capitalist drawing from Eastern Europe, drawing and conceptual art, feminist drawing, and exhibitions that have put drawing practices at the centre of contemporary art. This textbook:
•Demonstrates ways contemporary issues and concerns are addressed through drawing
•Reveals how drawing is used to make powerful social and political statements
•Situates works by contemporary practitioners within the context of their historical moment
•Explores how contemporary art practices utilize drawing as both process and finished artifact
•Shows how concepts of observation, representation, and audience have changed dramatically in the digital era
•Establishes drawing as a mode of thought
Part of the acclaimed Wiley Blackwell Companions to Art History series, A Companion to Contemporary Drawing is a valuable text for students of fine art, art history, and curating, and for practitioners working within contemporary fine art practice.