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Monumental Drawings: Works by 22 Contemporary Americans

DATES September 19, 1986 through November 10, 1986
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
  • September 19, 1986 The works of 22 contemporary American artists who use drawing as a primary medium will be featured in The Brooklyn Museum’s second national drawing exhibition opening September 19. Monumental Drawing: Works by 22 Contemporary Americans, an exhibition of approximately 65 large-scale works by both well-known and up-and-coming artists, will remain on view through November 10, 1986. The drawings, conceived and executed as independent pieces, range in date from 1980 to 1986. While employing a variety of techniques and subject matter, they all use the large-scale format as one of their essential properties.

    In addition to revealing a multiplicity of expressions and styles which reflect in large part the diversity of contemporary art today, Monumental Drawing also illustrates how the increasing popularity of drawing has influenced the physical and intellectual scale of recent works on paper. Since World War II, drawing has undergone changes that have been even more dramatic than those affecting painting and sculpture. Once used primarily for preliminary sketches for works in other media, drawing has over the last few decades become a medium for independent, fully realized works that freely integrate properties historically associated with painting and sculpture.

    The exhibition has been organized by Charlotta Kotik, Curator of Contemporary Art, The Brooklyn Museum. It has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

    Monumental Drawing will be accompanied by a 64-page illustrated catalogue published by The Brooklyn Museum. It contains a critical essay by Ms. Kotik, exhibition histories and bibliographies of each artist and 22 black-and-white photographs.

    Artists in the exhibition are:

    Zigi Ben-Haim
    Cynthia Carlson
    Robert Cumming
    Carroll Dunham
    Joyce Fillip
    John Himmelfarb
    Bryan Hunt
    Robert Longo
    Robert Moskowitz
    Bruce Nauman
    John Newman
    Diane Olivier
    Elfi Schuselka
    Richard Serra
    Robert Stackhouse
    Donald Sultan
    Andrew Topolski
    Michael Tracy
    Randy L. Twaddle
    Robin Winters
    Terry Winters
    Michael Zwack

    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1971 - 1988. 1986, 064-65.
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