Girls’ Club Collection in Fort Lauderdale – Florida, presents Following the Line, featuring works by thirty international artists using hand-drawn line as the primary unit of expression.
Curated by Miami gallerist Carol Jazzar, Following the Line advances the understanding of drawing in contemporary art, an arena that is increasingly preoccupied with mass spectacle, public space and multimedia. The exhibition features work inspired by and created with “the line” as a primary tool, including graphite, ink and colored pencil works as well as hand-drawn animation and prints.
Manifesting the close connection to the artist’s hand and thought, drawings have historically been defined as intimate. Some are smaller in scale. Some are conceived as preparatory to final works in other media. Drawings may commit fleeting, ephemeral concepts to paper, itself a less permanent support. The persistent vitality of drawing today, developing alongside high tech digital and moving image media, will be emphasized. Linear works that owe their inspiration to drawing will craft an “expanded” definition of drawing in use today.
Following the Line presents works that demonstrates the primacy of drawing in artistic practice. Works on view include internationally renowned artists such as Louise Bourgeois and Alice Neel, and current practitioners on the world stage such as Tracey Emin, Joanne Greenbaum, Klara Kristalova and Wangechi Mutu.
- Beatriz Monteavaro, detail of Untitled (Praying to the Aliens), 2003. Photo: Silvia Ros