I have been to two very different exhibitions recently that are, inconveniently, continents apart.
In the town of Beacon, NY, the ex-paper factory, now contemporary art gallery, Dia:Beacon (Dia:Beacon ), has an exhibition of works by Robert Smithson, (Robert Smithson), amongst other things. I was struck by how his installations felt like drawings. In The Map of Broken Glass shards of different sized pieces of glass were spread on a polished concrete floor. They caught disjointed reflections of the skylights and ceiling lights. With every breath and movement the reflections changed. The effect was similar to trying to see through fast moving water.
The Royal Academy, London (Royal Academy) has three shows running; I went to Jasper Johns.
Widely known for his iconic images of flags, targets, numbers, maps and light bulbs, Jasper Johns has occupied a central position in American art since his first solo exhibition in New York in 1958. His treatment of iconography and appropriation of objects, symbols and words makes the familiar unfamiliar, achieving this through the distinctive, complex textures of his works. Through his ground-breaking paintings and sculptures, Johns established a decisive new direction in an art world that had previously been dominated by Abstract Expressionism. (Royal Academy)
Last weekend I went to see the magnificent Raphael exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Ashmolean Museum.
As you look at his drawings you feel as though Raphael is in the seat next to you; his observations, corrections, alterations and thoughts are as clear now as they were hundreds of years ago.
Over these three days you will draw a model adopting poses from Masters of Drawing. This is not so you can draw in the same style, but so the poses can inspire you, and you can find your own line.
I want to use Raphael as one of our guides. I am open to ideas for both Old Masters and Contemporary master artists. Henry Moore, Euan Uglow, Poussin, Rodin – please feel free to leave suggestions or comments.
Draw Draw Draw….you can’t have too much of a good thing
Sept 7, 21, Oct 5, 19, and Nov 2, 16, 30, Dec 14
10.00 – 1.00 on a Thursday morning.
£80/4 classes, to be paid at the beginning of each half term or
This is a fun drawing class for all standards.
Each week a different aspect of drawing is examined and tested using different media, and different methods. You will experiment with content, composition, mark making, tone, narrative, repetition, line and anything else I can think of to throw your way.
And there are scones
Drawing is hard, mindful, exciting, rewarding, thought provoking and other things besides. Recording what you see is a human instinct that crosses all barriers.
For more information and to book a place on the course contact Kate Measham
If you have done this course before were there classes you would like to build on?
If you have done drawing classes anywhere else what would you like to see here?
The Young Gallery and John Creasey Museum, Salisbury
Upstairs in the library in Salisbury are three gallery spaces with a collection of modern and contemporary works. Many are drawings, etchings and prints with some exciting paintings thrown in too.
The curator, Peter Riley, has a particular interest in mark making so there are some unusual and pleasing choices from well known artists such as Euan Uglow, Paula Rego, Keith Vaughan, John Bellany and others.
The galleries are well worth a look with new exhibitions planned for later in the year. Combine the outing with a morning at Roche Court for a rewarding day.