Vitamin D2: New Perspectives in Drawing

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VITAMIN D2 offers a critical account of the recent evolution and role of drawing in the art world, and introduces to the world prominent trends, methods and artists in the field. The 115 artists, nominated by highly respected critics and curators from around the world are presented in an A to Z order with about 5 selections of work reproduced for each. The 500-word texts accompanying each artist offer insight into their careers to date, and aims at introducing the methods and subject matter at issue in their ...
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Overview

VITAMIN D2 offers a critical account of the recent evolution and role of drawing in the art world, and introduces to the world prominent trends, methods and artists in the field. The 115 artists, nominated by highly respected critics and curators from around the world are presented in an A to Z order with about 5 selections of work reproduced for each. The 500-word texts accompanying each artist offer insight into their careers to date, and aims at introducing the methods and subject matter at issue in their recent works. Includes an introduction by Christian Rattemeyer, Associated Curator of Drawings at MoMA.
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This handsome sequel to Phaidon’s 2005 contemporary drawing survey, Vitamin D, is a generous overview of the last eight years in drawing, a medium traditionally perceived as playing a lesser role in visual art, but one that, nevertheless, carries spontaneity, humor, and political bite—traits that characterize this broad and richly illustrated volume. Nominated by 78 curators, critics, art historians, and museum and gallery directors, the 115 represented artists (some emerging, some established) convey the limitless possibilities of the medium, not to mention the staggering diversity of recent art. Neal Fox’s massacred Disney characters appear alongside Richard Forster’s photorealistic sketches of Dresden and Vidya Gastaldon’s La Tentation de St. Antione, which could be an illumination from a psychedelic children’s Bible. Other artists dramatically widen the category, such as performance artist Nikhil Chopra, who is pictured smeared in charcoal, splayed on the ground, and wearing a tutu and heels. The artists in the book hail from over 40 countries, making the volume broader in international scope than its predecessor. Rattemeyer, associate curator of drawings at MOMA, writes that since 2005, the “dichotomy of Western normalcy and non-Western exception... has unfolded into a more global dialogue.” As a result, “drawing is regaining a political urgency.” 500 illus. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714865287
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press
  • Publication date: 5/21/2013
  • Sales rank: 455,892
  • Product dimensions: 11.66 (w) x 10.06 (h) x 1.58 (d)

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