Frances Morris, Director, Tate Modern
James Fox, art historian and Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
Christopher Le Brun, artist and President of the Royal Academy
Katharine Stout, Deputy Director Institute of Contemporary Arts and co-founder of Drawing Room
"I’m blown away by the quality, the inventiveness, and the dexterity of all the drawings so generously donated by the artists this year. I could select 10 drawings, ten times over. I love the freedom in all of these drawings - freedom to experiment with what drawing is and can be, freedom to play with colour, freedom to play with form, freedom to play with ideas, freedom to be playful."
Fatos Üstek, Curator, Art Night 2017
Russell Tovey, actor
“Another work that continues Eddie's [Peake] play with words. He's like a sexy, street Ed Ruscha. Love Prem [Sahib]. And love this solid strong work. A great piece.”
Shanay Jhaveri, Assistant Curator of South Asian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Caroline Achaintre, artist
Vanessa Jackson, artist
David Musgrave, artist
Matt Calderwood, artist
Aleksandra Mir's drawing "might be my favourite of the entire exhibiton"
TOP PICKS: Knut Henrik Henriksen, Rana Begum, Rob Chavasse, David Batchelor, Rhys Coren, Richard Deacon, Margarita Gluzberg, Rachel Goodyear, John Smith, Caragh Thuring, Emma Stibbon, Markus Vater, and Brit Meyer.
Rana Begum, artist
Andrew Renton, Professor of Curating, Goldsmiths
The transparent democracy of the Drawing Room biennial has made it one of the most cherished events in the contemporary art scene in London. A push pull intimacy of hundreds of drawings, almost all the same size, without hierarchy, takes the temperature of what making art could be today. The show culminates in an auction and the proceeds provide core funding for the next two years for this crucial institution. More than this the Biennial constitutes a network and extended community of artists. Any illustration does the show a disservice. Assume it's nowhere near representative of the enormity of the whole thing.
Posted: Thu 06 Apr 2017