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Focusing on the unique intimacy of drawing, the catalogue for Close: Drawn Portraits reveals encounters between artists and their subjects over the past 200 years, situating contemporary artists alongside well known, historical figures. Featuring artists Mounira Al Solh, Frank Auerbach, Paul Cézanne, Virginia Chihota, Lucian Freud, Dryden Goodwin, Barbara Hepworth, David Hockney, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Horst Janssen, Claudette Johnson, Michael Landy, Maria Lassnig, Joyce Pensato,Deanna Petherbridge, Francis Picabia, Pablo Picasso, Paula Rego, Nicola Tyson, Jessica Voorsanger and Clifton Wright, the essays and images consider why drawn portraiture remains relevant today.
Edited by Kate Macfarlane. Essay by Hannah Williams and texts by Marco Livingstone, Deanna Petherbridge, Karsten Schubert, Anita Viola Sganzerla and Colin Wiggins.
This catalogue accompanies the exhibition Close: Drawn Portraits and was designed by Studio Ard. 112 pages, 47 colour plates and sewn bound.
Mounira Al Solh (b. 1978, Beirut) lives and works in Beirut and Amsterdam. Graduated from Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam (2006); and Lebanese University, Beirut (2001). Select solo exhibitions include Mounira Al Solh: I strongly believe in our right to be frivolous, Art Institute Chicago, Chicago (2018); Artist’s Rooms, Jameel Arts Center, Dubai (2018); I strongly believe in our right to be frivolous, Mathaf, Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha (2018); Documenta 14, Kassel and Athens (2017); I Want to Be a Party, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg (2016); I Strongly Believe in Our Right to Be Frivolous, Alt Art Space, Istanbul (2016); All Mother Tongues Are Difficult, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut (2014); NOW EAT MY SCRIPT, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2014); and suddenly there were women, (Performance), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague and Center for Contemporary Art, Glasgow (2013). Select group exhibitions include Graphic Witness, Drawing Room, London (2017); The Measure of our Traveling Feet, Marres, Maastricht (2016); Everything in Nature has a lyrical essence, a tragic fate, a comic existence, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna (2016); Es war einmal ein Land, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg (2016); Wir Flüchtlinge - Von dem Recht, Rechte zu haben, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2016); and Venice Biennial, Venice (2015).
Born1971 Bournemouth, Dryden Goodwin lives and works in London. Graduated from The Slade School of Fine Art (1996) and Erasmus Exchange Städelschule, Frankfurt (1995).
Goodwin's practice incorporates drawing, often in combination with photography and moving image; he creates films, gallery installations, projects in public space, etchings and soundtracks.
The possibilities of what can be discovered by studying other human beings is at the heart of Goodwin's practice. Moving between the observed and seen, the hidden and the felt, Goodwin's intense studies of the people he encounters endeavour to discover and open up a heightened sense of each person. Oscillating between being made from direct observation or from the imagination and memory, Goodwin's drawings, films and photographs of people and places become sites of exploration, grounds of investigation. What can be discovered with the eyes? How is the imagination ignited? What might be out of sight?
Goodwin's works are held in public and private collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate, London; The National Portrait Gallery, London; and The Science Museum, London. Goodwin is a Professor at the Slade School of Fine Art.
Selected solo exhibitions and projects include Held & Sensed, Grafton Way Building UCH, London (2021); Alongside, Quad, Derby (2020); Those Who Seek My Help, New Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm (2019); Un-Earth, OCAT Contemporary Art Terminal, Xi'an (2018); Seeing Hand, commissioned through Launch Pad, Shanghai (2017); Unseen: The Lives of Looking, Queen's House, Royal Museum's Greenwich, London (2015); Skill, MIMA, Middlesbrough (2015); Poised, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull (2014); Breathe, commissioned by Invisible Dust, Scarborough (2012); Linear, commissioned by Art on the Underground, London (2010-2012); and Cast, Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg and Photographers' Gallery, London (2008-09). Selected group exhibitions include Beyond Boundaries, Somerset House, London (2019); CLOSE: Drawn Portraits, Drawing Room, London (2018); Hooked, Science Gallery, King's College London (2018); Typojanchi, International Typography Biennale, Seoul (2017); I want!, I want! - Art and Technology selection from the Arts Council Collection, Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham (2017); and Stories in the Dark, Whitstable Biennale (2016).
Maria Lassnig (1919-2014) was an Austrian artist. She attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna during World War II. She was best known for known for her painted self-portraits characterized by fluid strokes of bright paint vividly suggesting the colour and texture of her own ageing skin, although the personas that she adopted were often extremely ambiguous. She was the first female artist to win the Grand Austrian State Prize (1988). She was awarded the Golden Lion lifetime achievement award at the Venice Biennale (2013). Lassnig’s work has been the focus of surveys at Hauser & Wirth, London (2017); Museum of Modern Art PS1, New York (2014); Halle für aktuelle Kunst, Hamburg, Germany (2013); Gallery of Contemporary Art, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (2012); Neue Galerie, Graz, Austria (2012); Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York (2011); Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany (2009); Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria (2009); Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, US (2011); Serpentine Gallery, London, England (2008); Hauser & Wirth, Zürich, Switzerland (2007); Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Siegen, Germany (2006); Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg, Austria (2005); Städelmuseum, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (2004); Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland (2003); and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France (1994). Lassnig's work is held in the collection of the MOMA, New York.
Born 1963 London, Michael Landy lives and works in London. Graduated from Goldsmiths College (1988).
Landy’s concern with the attribution of value and ownership have remained central to his practice, notably in Break Down (2001), in which each and every one of the artist’s 7,227 possessions were systematically destroyed by Landy and his assistants over the course of two weeks in a former C&A department store building in Oxford Street, London. In a similar fashion, for Art Bin (South London Gallery, 2010, subsequently presented at the 2014 Yokohama Triennale), Landy constructed an enormous Perspex cube into which artists were invited to dispose of works they felt to be creative failures.
In a continuation from his interrogation of value, the expendability of labour, possession and ownership, for Scaled-Down (2018) at Thomas Dane Gallery, Landy subjected many of his recent artworks to an industrial waste compaction process that transformed them into densely packed cubes, a direct critique of art’s entanglement with the commodity in commercial capitalism.
His work is held in public and private collections including Arts Council of England, London; British Museum, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Selected solo exhibitions include Michael Landy's Welcome to Essex, Firstsite, Colchester (2021); Michael Landy's Break Down: 20 Years, Thomas Dane Gallery, London (2021); What's Left?, Andriesse - Eyck Gallery, Amsterdam (2020); Scaled-Down, Thomas Dane Gallery, London (2018); Michael Landy. Breaking News, Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York (2017); Out Of Order, Tinguely Museum, Basel (2016); Breaking News, Galerie Sabine Knust, Munich (2015); Saints Alive, Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City (2014); Saints Alive, National Gallery, London (2012); and Acts of Kindness, Kaldor Public Art Projects, Sydney (2011). Selected group exhibitions include UnNatural History, The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry (2021); Cranach: Artist & Innovator, Compton Verney Art Gallery (2020); Duchamp Threads the Needle, David Nolan Gallery, New York (2020); Should I Stay or Should I Go?, Patrick Heide Gallery, London (2019); Drawing Biennial 2019, Drawing Room, London (2019): Open for Business, Riga Bienniale (2018); In My Shoes: Art and the Self since the 1990s, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield (2018); New Sculpture, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester (2017); PRIÈRE DE TOUCHER -The Touch of Art, Museum Tinguely, Basel (2016); Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London (2015); ART Fahrenheit 415: Sailing Into The Sea of Oblivion, Yokohama Triennale, Yokohama (2014); and Art under Attack: Histories of British Iconoclasm, Tate Britain, London (2013).
Awards include a CBE (2021).
Deanna Petherbridge CBE lives and works in London. She is an artist, writer and curator whose practice is centered around drawing. A major retrospective of her drawings was held at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester (2016-17), accompanied by the publication Deanna Petherbridge: Drawing and Dialogue (2016). Her three professorships in drawing include the Royal College of Art (1995-2001), and she is the author of The Primacy of Drawing: Histories and Theories of Practice (2010). Recent curated exhibitions include Witches and Wicked Bodies, National Galleries of Scotland & British Museum (2013-15); and Artists at Work, The Courtauld Gallery, London (2018). Select solo exhibitions include Places of Change & Destruction, Drawings 2017, Art Space Gallery, London (2017); Deanna Petherbridge, Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, Manchester (2016); Petherbridge Alone with Soane, Pitzhanger Manor, Ealing, London (2007); and Two Cities: Two Modernities, Drawings by Deanna Petherbridge, Faculty Gallery, Faculty of Art & Design, Monash University, Melbourne (2003). Select group exhibitions include Journey with ‘The Waste Land’, Turner Contemporary, Margate (2018); Design & Research: Shared Territories, inaugural exhibition of the new Design Research Institute, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, China (2014); Drawn Together: Artist as Selector, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, UK (2014); and The Architecture of War, Imperial War Museum, London (2013).
Paula Rego (b. 1935, Lisbon) lives and works in London. Rego trained at the Slade School of Fine Art (1952-56). She was appointed artist-in-residence at the National Gallery, London (1990). Her work has been exhibited in many of the major museums worldwide. She was awarded the Grã Cruz da Ordem de Sant'Iago da Espada by the President of Portugal (2004) and a museum dedicated to Rego's work, the Casa das Histórias Paula Rego, was opened in Cascais, Portugal (2009). Rego was made a Dame of the British Empire (2010). Her work is held in a number of public collections including the Arts Council, London; Berardo Collection, Lisbon; National Gallery, London; National Portrait Gallery, London; Tate Gallery, Liverpool; and the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.
Born 1960 London, Nicola Tyson lives and works in London. Graduated from Chelsea School of Art, London (1980); St. Martins School of Art, London (1981); and Central St. Martins School of Art, London (1989).
Primarily known as a painter, Tyson has also worked with photography, film, performance and the written word.
Her work is held in public and private collections including Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Whitney Museum of Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C; and Tate, London.
Select solo exhibitions include Sense of Self, Petzel Gallery, New York (2020); Works on Paper (online), Petzel Gallery, New York (2020); Beyond the Trace, Drawing Room, London (2017); A Tendency to Flock, Sadie Coles HQ, London (2017); Nicola Tyson, The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2017); Works on Paper, Petzel Gallery, New York (2016); Living Dangerously, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland (2016); “Goodbye/Hello”, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris (2015); Trouble in Happiness, Susanne Vielmetter, Los Angeles Projects, Culver City (2014); and Nicola Tyson: Bowie Nights, at Billy’s Club, London, 1978, Sadie Coles HQ, London (2013).
Select group exhibitions include Closer to Life: Drawings and Works on Paper in the Marieluise Hessel Collection, CCS Bard, Husdon (2021); 100 Drawings from Now, Drawing Center, New York (2020); Flora + Fauna, Sadie Coles HQ, London (2020); Inaugural Exhibition, Susanne Vielmetter Gallery, Los Angeles (2019); Close: Drawn Portraits, Drawing Room, London (2018); Cast of Characters, Bureau of General Services—Queer Division, New York (2018); Nudes, Sadie Coles HQ, London (2018); ISelf Collection: Bumped Bodies, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2018); Simon Denny, Sarah Morris, Joyce Pensato, Seth Price, Dirk Skreber, Hiroki Tsukuda, Nicola Tyson, Petzel at Nanzuka, Tokyo (2017); Artistic Differences, ICA, London (2016); and The Nakeds, Drawing Room, London and De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill On Sea (2014).
Born 1965 New York, Jessica Voorsanger lives and works in London. Graduated from Rhode Island School of Design (1987), and Goldsmiths College, London (1993).
Voorsanger's practice has always been fluid. She is a multi-disciplinarian artist who uses whatever materials are relevant for the project she is currently exploring. The work thematically has always had a foot in popular culture, initially through obsession and fan adulation then branching out to escapist culture and identity but always seeming to come back to TV in some form or another. She is inspired by colour and pattern which also makes its way into the work. She is currently working on a series of paintings that are fabric constructions made with vintage and patterned fabrics, sewn together, that have collaged images, embroideries, and paint interventions. Drawing plays a large part in her thinking.
Her work is held in public and private collections including The Arts Council, London; and The V&A National Art Library, London.
Selected solo exhibitions include Jessica Voorsanger: Partridge Wear Collection, Binghamton University Art Museum, New York (2018); Secrets & Lies, TATE Film Club, Tate Modern, London (2017); Chain Reaction, Commissioned performance, TATE Modern, London (2016); EMPIRE Magazine, MASSIVE WINTER PREVIEW (Oct 2016, Issue 328), Kornhauschen Gallerie, Aschaffenberg (2016); Live Long and Prosper, WORK Gallery, London (2016); It’s Always About the Hair, Deptford X Commission, London (2014); Worldstaronestoppopshop, Kornhauschen Galerie, Aschaffenberg (2013); I Think I Love You, Lounge Festival of Love (commissioned installation), Southbank Centre, London (2014); Art Impostors, Louis Vuitton Maison, London (2011); and Eastenders, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2009). Selected group exhibitions include Artists who do Music/Musicians Who do Art, Railway Club, Glasgow (2018); Exhibiting the Exhibition, Staaliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden (2018); Empire II, The Age of Anxiety, Venice Biennale (2017); Gestures of Resistance, Dokumenta, Romantso Cultural Centre, Athens (2017); Imprint 93, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2016); FOUND, Curated by Cornelia Parker, Foundling Museum, London (2016); Liberties, Newlyn Gallery & The Exchange, Penzance (2016); and Factual Nonsense, Paul Stolper Gallery, London (2013).
Virginia Chihota (b. 1983, Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe) lives and works in Podgorica, Montenegro. Studied Fine Art at Harare Polytechnic, Harare, Zimbabwe (2006) and BAT Visual Art Studios, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Mbare, Harare, Zimbabwe (2004). Awards include the Prix Canson, Le Fonds Canson pour l'art et le papier, France (2013) and the Overall Award of Distinction in Textiles, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe (2009). Residencies include Everyday, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe (2007). Select solo exhibitions include Come Forth as Gold, Tiwani Contemporary, London (2016); A Thorn in my Flesh (munzwa munyama yangu), Tiwani Contemporary, London (2015); Isolation, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe (2012); Relationships, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe (2009); and Confluence, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town (2008). Select group exhibitions include The E-qualities of Women, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe (2018); Prosthesis, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria (2017); L'Autre continent: artistes, femmes, africaines, Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Le Havre, France (2016); Kin, Hangar - Centro de Investigação Artística, Lisbon, Portugal (2016); The Pistil's Waltz, Gallery 51, Antwerp, Belgium (2015); Speaking Back, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa (2015); Pangaea II, Saatchi Gallery, London (2015); Shifting Africa: Artistic Views from the Sub-Sahara, 4th Mediations Biennale, Gallery of Jesuits, ARTykwariat, Poznań, Poland & Kunsthalle Faust, Hannover, Germany (2014); Giving Contours to Shadows (Unthinking the Chimera), Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany (2014); Prix Canson Exhibition 2013, Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, France (2013); Dudziro: Interrogating the Visions of Religious Beliefs, Zimbabwe Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale, Italy (2013); A Terrible Beauty is Born, 11th Lyon Biennale, France (2011). Her work is held in public and private collections including Deutsche Bank Collection, Frankfurt, Germany; FRAC Picardie, Amiens, France; National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe; Saatchi Gallery, London; and Tate, London.
Claudette Johnson (b.1959, Manchester) lives and works in London. Studied Foundation course in Art and Design, Manchester Polytechnic (1978-1979); BA Hons Fine Art, University of Wolverhampton (1979-1982); and Post Graduate Certificate in Education (F.E), University of Greenwich (1992-1994). Select solo exhibitions include Claudette Johnson, Hollybush Gardens, London (2017); Studio Show, Deborah House Studios, London (1999); Portraits from a Small Room, and residency, 98 Gallery, London (1995); In This Skin, The Black Art Gallery, London (1992); Pushing Against The Boundaries, and residency, Rochdale Art Gallery (1990); Claudette Johnson, The Tom Allen Centre, London (1990); Claudette Johnson - Recent Works, and residency,The City Art Gallery, Manchester (1986); and Claudette Johnson - Drawings, The Drill Hall, London (1984). Select group exhibitions include The Place Is Here, South London Gallery, London and Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham (2017); Carte de Visite, Hollybush Gardens, London (2015); The Thin Black Line(s), Tate Britain, London (2012); Black Art Group, Gaves Gallery Museum, Sheffield (2011); and Transforming The Crown, Caribbean Cultural Center, NYC; Bronx Museum of the Arts, NYC; Studio Museum, Harlem, NYC (1998). Her work is held in public and private collections including British Council Arts Collection; Arts Council Collection; City Art Gallery Manchester; Graves Gallery Museum Sheffield; and Wolverhampton City Art Gallery.
Joyce Pensato (b.1941, New York) lives and works in New York. Studied at The New York Studio School, New York (1970s). Select solo exhibitions include FORGETTABOUT IT, Lisson Gallery, London (2017); Make My Day, Petzel Gallery, New York (2017); The Fizz, Grice Bench, Los Angeles (2016); Joyce Pensato: Felix and Lincoln, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2016); The Godmother, Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago (2016); Later is Now, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria (2016); FOCUS: Joyce Pensato, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth (2015); Later is Now, Capitain Petzel, Berlin (2015); Castaway, Petzel Gallery, New York (2015); Joyceland, Lisson Gallery, London (2014); and I Killed Kenny, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica and Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Saint Louis USA (2013). Select group exhibitions include Knock Knock: Humour in Contemporary Art, South London Gallery, London (2018); Close: Drawn Portraits, Drawing Room, London (2018); Fast Forward: Paintings from the 1980’s, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2017); Painting Paintings (David Reed) 1975, Gagosian Gallery, New York (2017); We need to talk…, Petzel Gallery, New York (2017); MCA DNA: Riot Grrrls, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2017); Good Dreams, Bad Dreams: American Mythologies, Aïshti Foundation, Jar elDib, Beirut, Lebanon (2016); Outside the Lines: Rites of Spring, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Texas (2013); and Florence and Daniel Guerlain Donation, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2013). Her work is held in public collections including Centre Pompidou, Paris; Hammer Museum, University of California, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
Born 1982 London, Clifton Wright lives and works in London.
Wright has pursued portraiture for over a decade. From the beginning the faces in his drawings have been woven into and enmeshed with tessellations of abstract shapes. Working most recently from life, his drawn portraits build as a series, made in response to family albums, art books and exhibitions, characters from science fiction, film, and popular culture. In his latest series Outer Space Portraits Wright plays with the meaning of space, referencing science fiction, astronomy and ancient iconography while simultaneously testing the limits of pictorial space. Wright joined the London based art collective Intoart in 2005.
Selected group exhibitions include Close: Drawn Portraits, Drawing Room, London (2018); Peckham Craft Weekend, Copeland Gallery, London (2018); Guilt Free – FranklinTill, Brompton Design District for London Design Festival, London (2018); Fashioning Space, Victoria and Albert Museum and touring internationally (2018); Intoart Annual 2016, Percy Street London (2016); Intoart Annual 2015, Studio Voltaire London (2015); Practice Makes, Peckham Platform (2014); Verovisation, MAD Musée, Belgium (2011); No Soul For Sale, Tate Modern (2010); See the Revolutionary Art Exhibit, Whitechapel Gallery (2009); Different Spaces, Studio Voltaire (2007); and Animal Mineral Vegetable, South London Gallery (2005). Film screenings include Intoart Archive, Tate Britain (2014); and A film made according to instructions by Clifton Wright with Lenka Clayton, Tate Modern and Whitechapel Gallery (2010).