Artists taking part in Drawing Room's exhibition programme are invited to compile ‘reading lists’ that inform and expand the themes explored in their works.  This list has been compiled for Abstract Drawing, an exhibition curated by artist Richard Deacon including a broad range of works by over 30 artists spanning the last 105 years on the idea of ‘abstraction’ in drawing.  Titles marked with an asterisk * are held in Outset Study.

Title Author Year Selected by ISBN URL
The gray cloth : a novel on glass architecture * Paul Scheerbart David Austen
Looking at the overlooked Norman Bryson David Austen
Paul Celan : selected poems Paul Celan David Austen
Hart Crane : complete poems Hart Crane David Austen
The decay of the angel Yukio Mishima David Austen
The sailor who fell from grace with the sea Yukio Mishima David Austen
Six memos for the next millennium Italo Calvino David Austen
Some of the things I really must do before I die (Written version of a radio broadcast ‘From species of spaces and other pieces’) Georges Perec David Austen
Jesus'_Blood_Never_Failed_Me_Yet (sound work) Gavin Bryars David Austen Link
Tower of meaning (sound work) Arthur Russel David Austen
How to look : Ad Reinhardt art comics Kristine Bell Richard Deacon
Chromophobia David Batchelor Richard Deacon
The true vine Stephen Bann Richard Deacon
Meditations on a hobby horse E. H. Gombrich Richard Deacon
The language of vision Gyorgy Kepes Richard Deacon
Abstraction and empathy Wilhelm Worringer Richard Deacon
Shamanism Mircea Eliade Richard Deacon
The mind in the cave David Lewis Williams Richard Deacon
Minimal art : a critical anthology Gregory Batcock Richard Deacon
The Russian experiment in art Camilla Grey Richard Deacon
The mathematical theory of communication Claude Shannon & Warren Weaver Richard Deacon
Art as the evolution of visual knowledge Charles Biederman Garth Evans
Correction Thomas Bernhard Lothar Goetz
In praise of shadows Jun’ichiro Tanizaki Lothar Goetz
Art and discontent : theory at the millennium Thomas McEvilley Lothar Goetz
Goldberg Variations [sound work] The Robots from Kraftwerk Sebastian Bach Lothar Goetz
The world of perception Maurice Merleau-Ponty Victoria Haven
The ballad of Peckham Rye Muriel Spark Victoria Haven
Awe Dorothea Lasky Victoria Haven
Cézannes composition : analysis of his form with diagrams and photographs of his motifs Erle Loran Victoria Haven
Last year at Marienbad (script for the film by Alain Resnais) Alain Robbe - Grillet Victoria Haven
Songs of innocence and of experience William Blake Victoria Haven Link
Please kill me : the uncensored oral history of punk Legs McNeil Victoria Haven
Dialogue in the vois : Beckett and Giacometti Matti Megged Victoria Haven
Radical love : 5 novels Fanny Howe Victoria Haven
Zona Geoff Dyer Victoria Haven
Alice’s adventures in wonderland Lewis Carroll Victoria Haven
Nature Writings John Muir Victoria Haven
Interaction of colour Josef Albers Victoria Haven
A tour of the monuments of Passaic, New Jersey [essay] Robert Smithson Victoria Haven Link
Why does Fred Sandback’s work make me cry? [essay] Andrea Fraser Victoria Haven Link
Francis Bacon : the logic of sensation Gilles Deleuze Emma McNally
A thousand plateaus Gilles Deleuze Emma McNally
The visible and the invisible Merleau Ponty Emma McNally
The poetics of space Gaston Bachelard Emma McNally
The information James Gleick Emma McNally
Microsound Curtis Roads Emma McNally
Larousse Encyclopaedia of prehistoric and ancient art Emma McNally
C Tom McCarthy Emma McNally
30 minute snare drum roll [sound work] Charles Hayward Emma McNally
Buildings of New York [sound work] Francisco Lopez Emma McNally Link
Live transmission from hydrophones under the Antarctic ice [sound work] Emma McNally Link
Music for 18 musicians [sound work] Steve Reich Emma McNally
Spem in Alium [sound work] Thomas Tallis Emma McNally
Arvo Part [sound work] Emma McNally
Tim Hecker [sound work] Emma McNally
A love supreme [sound work] John Coltrane Emma McNally
The cello suites [sound work] Bach Emma McNally
Materials of the artist Max Doerner Sam Messenger
What is art? Leo Tolstoy Sam Messenger
The past from above Charlotte Trumpler Alison Wilding
Tribal and village rugs Peter F. Stone Alison Wilding
Kevin Volans, hunting : gathering [sound work] The Duke Quartet, Black Box Music Limited, 2002 Alison Wilding

Titles marked with an asterix * are held in the Outset Study library