Phaidon's Vitamin D2 presents the work of 115 artists who are currently emerging on the world stage, have become established since the first volume was published in 2005, or who have made a significant contribution to the medium of drawing in this time. With the participating artists born in over ninety cities, towns and villages in more than forty countries, each artist's entry is accompanied by a text written by one of forty-five prominent critics, journalists, academics and curators. An introductory essay by Christian Rattemeyer, Associate Curator of Drawings at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, offers an engaging overview of recent and current drawing practice.
Illustrated with over 500 images, Vitamin D2 features practices ranging from highly accomplished figurative drawing to abstract explorations of the medium, in materials including pencil, charcoal, crayon, pastel, ink, watercolour and digital drawing.Traditional techniques are matched by new approaches, often pushing the boundaries of drawing into collage, towards painting, sculpture, architecture, illustration, animation, performance and beyond. A broad range of genres, styles and subjects is evident in diverse forms, from drawings that fit in the palm of the hand to works that cover an entire courtyard. Both a reference book for the art world and an accessible introduction for newcomers to the scene, Vitamin D2 provides an indispensable guide to drawing today.