Medium
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Courtesy Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL

Tony Lewis is known for his sparse, large drawings in gradations of black and white. The works feature texts culled from a variety of sources, including his personal writings and political vocabularies, both in several languages. In some cases, Lewis generates the words through automatic writing, associative word games, or drawing exercises performed in the studio. He isolates words, letters, and phrases, and then manipulates their context and their meaning; the precisely rendered words are actually hand-drawn in pencil and graphite powder. He has also made a series of drawings, in smaller scale, of brick walls.

Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2021
Blum & Poe at Felix Art Fair 2021Blum & Poe
2019
Drawn Together AgainThe FLAG Art Foundation
2015
A ConstellationThe Studio Museum in Harlem
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Make His Mouth Bigger, Angrier, 2015

Graphite powder and correction tape on paper
2 3/4 × 2 3/8 in
7 × 6 cm
Location
New York
Medium
Image rights
Courtesy Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL

Tony Lewis is known for his sparse, large drawings in gradations of black and white. The works feature texts culled from a variety of sources, including his personal writings and political vocabularies, both in several languages. In some cases, Lewis generates the words through automatic writing, associative word games, or drawing exercises performed in the studio. He isolates words, letters, and phrases, and then manipulates their context and their meaning; the precisely rendered words are actually hand-drawn in pencil and graphite powder. He has also made a series of drawings, in smaller scale, of brick walls.

Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
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Other works by Tony Lewis
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