Category Archives: Drawing

The primacy of drawing : histories and theories of practice / Deanna Petherbridge.

The primacy of drawing : histories and theories of practice / Deanna Petherbridge.

Publisher: New Haven, Conn. ; Yale University Press, [2010]Description: ix, 521 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 30 cm.ISBN: 0300126468; 9780300126464.

In this important and original book, Deanna Petherbridge–herself a practicing artist–affirms the significance of drawing as visual thinking in western art from the 15th century to the present. Scrutinizing a wide range of drawings, Petherbridge confirms a long historical commitment to the primal importance of sketching in generating ideas and problem solving, examines the production of autonomous drawings as gifts or for pleasure, and traces the importance of the life-class and theories of drawing in the training of artists until well into the 20th century. She also addresses the changing role of drawing in relation to contemporary practice and its importance for conceptual artists working in a nonhierarchical manner with a multiplicity of practices, techniques and technologies. In addition to analyzing specific works by Leonardo, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Goya, Picasso, and other great draftsmen, Petherbridge pays close attention to those artists traditionally regarded as “minor” because of their graphic elaboration or involvement with caricature and play, as well as to the important contribution of women artists in the 20th and 21st centuries. Responding to the vibrant rediscovery of drawing as significant practice in studios, exhibitions, and art schools, Petherbridge proposes an ambitious and novel agenda for the study and enjoyment of drawing.

Mack ink drawings

Relationship between drawing and shadow


Mack drawings


Harun Farocki on editing

a fusion of seeing and writing, of reception and production, practice and theory,

cutting room – Harun Farocki ‘is it comparable to a scientific experiment?”

Gansterer – Drawing a Hypothesis

Eva Hesse drawing / edited by Catherine de Zegher.

Eva Hesse drawing / edited by Catherine de Zegher.

by HesseEva, 1936-1970Zegher, M. Catherine deDrawing Center (New York, N.Y.).

Publisher: New York : The Drawing Center ; 2006.Description: 340 pages : illustrations (some colour), portraits, facsimiles ; 26 cm.ISBN: 0300116187.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition held at the Menil Foundation, Houston, 3 February – 23 April 2006 ; Drawing Center, New York, 6 May – 15 July 2006 ; Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, August – October 2006 ; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, November 2006 – February 2007. 


Eva Hesse (1936–1970) was a highly experimental artist who continually challenged the conventions of her time. For Hesse, drawing played a unique role, providing the nexus between her works in all media. Eva Hesse Drawing is the first book to explore her drawing process, following her work from drawing to painting and sculpture, and always back to drawing. The book features important, recently rediscovered “working drawings,” providing an intimate look at Hesse’s everyday practice and methodology.
An accomplished draftswoman, Hesse began to develop her wandering, tentative line while studying at Yale University in the late 1950s. Her early 1960s works on paper engaged with visual vocabularies from geometry to biomorphic abstraction. In 1965, Hesse combined her tactile sensibility for materials with her stringlike line to achieve a breakthrough: her astonishing reliefs, which began to bridge the space between two and three dimensions. Balancing the disembodiment of line with its intensified materialization, Hesse went on to develop one of the most innovative oeuvres of the twentieth century, anticipating the hybridization of media and crossing borderlines linking one impossible space to another.

Drawing Room – Tantric drawings exhibition


Thinking Tantra
24 November 2016 – 19 February 2017
Opening Wednesday 23 November 6 – 8.30pm

Prabhakar Barwe, Tom Chamberlain, Shezad Dawood, Nicola Durvasula, Alexander Gorlizki, Goutam Ghosh, Prafulla Mohanti, Jean-Luc Moulène, Anthony Pearson,  Sohan Qadri, Prem Sahib, G.R. Santosh, Richard Tuttle, Acharya Vyakul and Claudia Wieser

An exhibition exploring Tantric drawings as sites of transformation, including artworks by contemporary artists and those from the Indian Neo-Tantra movement (1960s – 80s) alongside anonymous Tantric drawings.

Famously introduced to the West by Ajit Mookerjee in his seminal 1967 Tantra Art, Tantric drawings have an unwritten history that is explored here for the first time. A complex body of beliefs and practices, Tantra enables individuals to conjoin with cosmic forces and inhabit alternative dimensions. Omnipresent to those that are attuned, there are tools that facilitate tantric transcendence: rituals, sculptures, drawings, maps, and chants, to name but a few. At different times, in different places, and in different ways, artists have taken up elements of Tantra and adapted or incorporated them into works of contemporary abstraction. Art historians and art dealers have been responsible for categorising and defining Tantric drawings in the west; this exhibition presents artworks, in a range of media, that suggest a range of alternative perspectives.

The exhibition is curated by Rebecca Heald with Amrita Jhaveri. A first iteration of the exhibition was at Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai, in early 2015. Rebecca Heald is an independent curator and consultant, and currently Tutor in Curatorial Practice at the Royal College of Art.

A research paper will be published to coincide with the exhibition.  This will include  essays by the curator Rebecca Heald,  the artist Shezad Dawood, Dr Kaustubh Das (Researching scholar on religious study at Centre for Social Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India) and Dr Virginia Whiles (art historian, critic and curator specialising in contemporary Pakistani art).