Prism: Drawing from 1990 to 2012

Prism: Drawing from 1990 to 2012
Library Shelf Location 22.JANT
Publication Date 2012
Description Exhibition catalogue to accompany the exhibition Prism at The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo. Over the past two decades, drawing has diversified to such a degree that the generic term can cover almost any creative act. “Prism” is a largescale exhibition of drawings that augments past achievements within the medium. A primordial discipline The Norwegian word for drawing, tegning, stems from Old Norse teikn, a word that can suggest everything from a sign and a symbolic expression of something, to a movement or a mark. Drawing is an innately human activity: in pre-historic times animals and shapes were carved into mountain walls, and it is through drawing that children first visually manifest their imagination and their reality. Drawing is the tool of ideas and the imagination; abstract expressions and forms become thereby concrete. It was also through drawing that art was initially expressed. However, drawing has often served as, or at least been perceived as, a sketch or as a preliminary study for works in other disciplines. This has led to the discipline being underappreciated as an autonomous form of art by collectors, critics, and galleries. In contrast, the medium has always been a popular and widespread form of expression for both artists and the general public. Contemporary drawing Rather than exhibiting drawings in a classical sense, the current exhibition presents drawings as understood and defined by a select group of our most important contemporary artists. The discipline has expanded and evolved over the past two decades and currently includes several creative forms of expression that were previously not defined as drawing. The exhibition’s name, Prism, evokes a tool that enables a variety of approaches, akin to how a glass prism disperses light into a multicoloured spectrum. In order for drawing and its new forms and variants to survive as an autonomous art form, it is essential that we take a closer look at the ongoing experimentation. The exhibition features everything from digital drawings to drawing as performance, from sculptural paperwork to pictures made with needlework on fabric. We are also presented with works that reveal a more conceptual approach to the medium: What is a drawing? And what is a copy of a drawing? Or what is reality, and what is a representation of reality? The artists thereby problematize and experiment with different levels and aspects of the age-old discipline. The exhibition features major Norwegian and international artists. Several of the works have been culled from the museum’s own collection, with some of these works being displayed for the very first time. We will also present entirely new works that have been especially commissioned for the exhibition. The following artists are represented: Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh, Vanessa Baird, Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Markus Brendmoe, Mariana Castillo Deball, Dag Erik Elgin, Roar Werner Eriksen, Bertil Greging, Jan Groth, Kalle Grude, Wenche Gulbransen, Ane Mette Hol, Zhang Chun Hong, Patrick Huse , Olav Christopher Jenssen, Anish Kapoor, William Kentridge, Richard Long, Lotte Konow Lund, Pierre Lionel Matte, Ian McKeever, Tony Cragg, Robin Rhode, Leonard Rickhard, Nancy Rubins, Hanns Schimansky, Tiril Schrøder, Karin M. Valum, Kjell Varvin, Jorinde Voigt, and Ryszard Warsinski.
ISBN 9788281540644
Quantity 1
Pages 112
Author Gavin Jantjes
Formats Paperback, Exhibition Catalogue
Publisher Nasjonalmuseet for kunst, arkitektur og design
Category Drawing
Language English

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