The FLAG Art Foundation is pleased to present Drawn Together Again on view February 23–May 18, 2019 on its 10th floor. This survey of contemporary drawing focuses on the intimate act of drawing through the variety of traditions and practices artists employ. The exhibition of more than 120 artists eschews themes and categorization, instead favoring an intentionally broad artist list to show the strength and dynamic range of contemporary practice.
At the heart of the exhibition is a fifty-foot-long salon wall that brings together unexpected dialogues between multi-generational artists with a range of backgrounds and training—from outsider artists, to those with expansive careers, to classically taught students, alumni, and faculty from The New York Academy of Art, chosen through an open call. Monumental unframed drawings by Dawn Clements, Marlene McCarty, and Jenny Saville punctuate the exhibition and bring a heightened physicality to what is often thought of as a more intimately-scaled medium. Robert Longo’s large-scale, hyper-realist graphite drawing of Albert Einstein’s paper strewn desk looks deceptively like a photograph, while Ewan Gibbs starts with photographs of iconic tourist sites and celebrities and through his meticulous process, effectively blurs the familiar into abstraction.
Lauren Seiden’s three-dimensional, undulating graphite wall work fuses the vocabularies of drawing and sculpture to create a form reminiscent of crumpled steel. Conor Backman, Natalie Frank, Robert Morris, and Robert Rauschenberg also expand upon the traditional definition of “drawing”—often thought of as a dry on dry medium—through the use of collage, gouache, and watercolor, while Aurel Schmidt integrates more unusual elements, including AriZona Lemonade, Orange Crush, Grape Crush, Diet Pepsi, and cigarette burns. Though a variety of subject matters are represented in the exhibition—including geometric abstraction, still lifes, landscapes, etc.—portraiture has the dominant presence, though executed though a tremendous range of styles by artists such as Will Cotton, Ben Durham, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Elizabeth Peyton, and Jim Torok. Cartoons and text-based works allow artists to inject social commentary, as well as humor into the show, including Andrea Bowers, R. Crumb, Pope.L, and David Shrigley.
Artists include: Kamrooz Aram, Ruth Asawa, Conor Backman, Matthew Barney, Ellen Berkenblit, Ashley Bickerton, Nayland Blake, Lee Bontecou, Michaël Borremans, Joe Brainard, Andrea Bowers, Don Brown, Delia Brown, Trisha Brown, Elijah Burgher, Andrew Brischler, Peter Cain, Vija Celmins, Mathew Cerletty, Chloe Chiasson, Dawn Clements, Marti Cormand, Will Cotton, R. Crumb, Amy Cutler, Anton van Dalen, Dan Fisher, Jay DeFeo, Marc Dennis, Peter Drake, Ben Durham, Nicole Eisenman, Tom Fairs, Richard Forster, Mark Fox, Natalie Frank, Tom Friedman, Margaret Garrett, Ewan Gibbs, Sullivan Giles, Joanne Greenbaum, Nancy Grossman, Mark Grotjahn, Karl Haendel, Jacob El Hanani, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Hilary Harkness, Jim Hodges, Yun-Fei Ji, Butt Johnson, Kurt Kauper, Ellsworth Kelly, Margaret Kilgallen, Susan Te Kahurangi King, Cary Kwok, Dr. Lakra, Stacy Leigh, Tony Lewis, Roy Lichtenstein, Graham Little, Robert Longo, Danica Lundy, Marco Maggi, Brice Marden, Marlene McCarty, Stefana McClure, Sean Mellyn, Luisiana Mera, Tom Molloy, Jonathan Monk, Robert Morris, Portia Munson, Ciprian Muresan, Prinston Nnanna, Chris Ofili, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Lauren Owens, Anna Park, Raymond Pettibone, Elizabeth Peyton, Pope.L, Richard Phillips, Tatiana Córdoba, Elliot Purse, Robert Rauschenberg, Charles Ray, Rene Ricard, Duke Riley, Sam Roeck, Carlos Rolón, Ed Ruscha, Nicolas V. Sanchez, Jenny Saville, Aurel Schmidt, Frank Selby, Joan Semmel, Jim Shaw, Lauren Seiden, David Scher, David Shrigley, James Siena, Lorna Simpson, Ken Solomon, Robert Therrien, Terri Thomas, Wayne Thiebaud, Richard Tinkler, Jim Torok, Bill Traylor, Cy Twombly, Kaari Upson, Beto De Volder, Melanie Vote, Justin Wadlington, Karl Wirsum, Melvin Way, Michael Weiss, Charles White, Kehinde Wiley, Tsuruko Yamazaki
This survey times with the release of The FLAG Art Foundation’s 10th Anniversary Catalogue and is inspired by one of its earliest exhibitions in 2008, Drawn Together.