written by Laura Hoptman
Museum of Modern Art | ISBN 9780870703621
Paperback – 192 pages
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From John Currin's old-master-style Playboy bunnies to Elizabeth Peyton's fin-de-siecle portraits; from Julie Mehretu's dizzying, multilayered architectural landscapes to Shahzia Sikander's multipatterned miniature ones; from Yoshitomo Nara's angry and enigmatic little girls to Kara Walker's stereotypical African Americans; and from Barry McGee's caricatures of urban graffiti to Matthew Ritchie's cosmological diagrams - drawing is back, if it ever went away. In contrast to the digitized, multimedia direction that much of contemporary art has taken in the past decade, drawing has become a major mode of expression for many of today's most important young artists. Published to accompany the first major survey in 15 years of contemporary drawings at The Museum of Modern Art, Drawing Now contains more than 100 colour reproductions of work by 26 international artists, both well-known and emerging. The works demonstrate a fascinating variety of method and approach, medium and scale. Accompanying essays by the exhibition's curator, Lara Hoptman, explore eight important themes - Drafting and Architecture; Mental Maps and Metaphysics; Popular Culture and National Culture; Fashion; Likeness and Allegory; Envisioning a City; Science and Art; Comics and other Subcultures; and Ornament and Crime.