Joanne Greenbaum in "Extreme Drawing; Ballpoint Pen Drawing Since 1950" at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art

March 24 - August 25, 2013

Ballpoint Pen Drawing Since 1950

A semester-long series of exhibitions and related programming presenting an array of approaches taken by contemporary artists to push the boundaries of drawing, the most direct and universal means of visual expression. The exhibitions will focus on those whose practice has taken the pursuit of drawing to extremes, addressing issues of scale, material, content, gesture, emotion, and individual circumstance. Exhibitions include solo projects by Amelie Chabannes, Harry Dodge, and Jane South, work by Dan Miller and Judith Scott, and Ballpoint Pen Drawing Since 1950, a group presentation that will explore increased interest in the ubiquitous everyday writing tool for art making.

The origins of the ballpoint pen go back to the late nineteenth century, but it was only after World War II that the technology was perfected and the ballpoint achieved commercial success. With the rise of anti-art movements such as Fluxus in the 1960s, a number of notable artists made drawings using the ballpoint including Cy Twombly and Alighiero Boetti. The last decade has witnessed a steady increase in artists drawing with the pen, using approaches from the abject to the sublime. This survey includes work by Rita Ackermann, Bill Adams, Alighiero Boetti, Dawn Clements, Russell Crotty, Joanne Greenbaum, Il Lee, and Martin Kippenberger. This exhibition is curated by exhibitions director Richard Klein.


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