drawing

Renaissance to Goya

September 21, 2013
Francisco de Goya, For having Jewish ancestry, c1808–14, Brush drawing in brown ink and wash, 20.5 × 14.2 cm

Illustrious artists such as Velásquez, Zurbarán, Ribera, Tiepolo and Goya are advertised on a sign at the entrance to Renaissance to Goya at the Art Gallery of NSW. Unfortunately they are hidden in a long roll call of names that will be largely unknown to the general public. Not many Australian art lovers are hanging … More


C.J.Pyle & J.D.’Ohai Ojeikere; Mary Tonkin; Six Artists, Seven Days

August 24, 2013
C. J. Pyle, Carbonique, 2011, ballpoint pen, paint and graphite on LP jacket sleeve, 31 x 31 cm

After many years of exile from the high church of contemporary art, Ray Hughes is now thinking maybe there is a God. His faith has been momentarily restored by a visit from Chris Dercon, the director of Tate Modern, London, who came to Australia last month to deliver a lecture sponsored by Kaldor Public Art … More


Mike Parr, Denise Green, Art Month

March 24, 2012
Mike Parr, Islands of the Dead, 2004, carborundum relief, hand coloured from plywood on 4 sheets of Velin Arches 400 gsm paper, 250 x 480cm, unique state

Three weeks in, Art Month keeps rolling. The wine is still being sipped, the eager crowds scramble from one gallery to the next; the chatter is relentless. There’s always something else to say about Art, even if each new pronouncement tends to contradict the previous one. The unresolved issue hanging over this collective love-in for … More


Matisse: Drawing Life

December 17, 2011
Henri Matisse, Henri Matisse gravant (Henri Matisse etching), Drypoint on wove paper, 1900–03

Henri Matisse was almost certainly the finest colourist in modern art but the bulk of his work contained no colour at all. Although the mention of his name conjures up thoughts of The Red Studio, The Joy of Life, or perhaps the kaleidoscopic Woman with a Hat, over the course of a long career Matisse … More


Pablo Picasso & the Dobell Prize for Drawing 2011

December 10, 2011
Anne Judell, Breath (triptych), pastel, graphite

According to Hendrik Kolenberg, the Art Gallery of NSW’s Senior Curator of Australian Prints, Drawings and Watercolours, the Dobell Prize for Drawing is the most serious art award in Australia. This doesn’t mean the show is all grey and humourless, it is essentially a comment on the medium. Drawing is the armature of an artist’s … More


Erased / The Primacy of Drawing

March 5, 2011
Screen shot 2012-06-30 at 10.54.07 PM

Since its re-establishment as a fully independent institution, the National Art School has distinguished itself from its rivals by putting an exceptional emphasis on drawing. Even if a student is specialising in photography or ceramics, drawing remains a fundamental part of the course. The reasoning is simple: nobody ever suffered from being asked to draw. … More


Leon Kossoff, Ben Quilty and James Powditch

October 30, 2010
Leon Kossoff  "From Degas: Combing the Hair (La Coiffure')" 1988, drypoint - unique print 56.5 x 75.5 cm

Looking at recent reports on the Paris art fair, FIAC, it was morbidly interesting to learn about the most eye-catching works and the prices they fetched. For instance, Barry X Ball’s Sleeping Hermaphrodite – a black marble quotation of a famous Roman sculpture, went for US$ 623,000. A bronze sculpture by Paul McCarthy, with the … More


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