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The essential guide to the latest international developments in drawing and figuration.

  

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Drawing People: The Human Figure in Contemporary Art


"Ndombundira Chokwadi Chandinoziva (I embrace the Truth I know), by Virginia Chihota (2011) is reproduced from <I>Drawing People</I>.

How contemporary artists draw the human figure in an affordable, up-to-date and well-illustrated survey, covering an eclectic range of drawing styles and media

Drawing People is a thoughtful and beautifully illustrated survey of the most compelling and inventive drawings of the human form being produced today by 70 contemporary artists from around the world. An introduction places the medium of drawing in its historical context, discussing its intersection with photography, painting, collage and illustration, as well as its ability to intimately express thought, personality and emotion, as well as fundamental questions about identity. Five chapters?Body, Self, Personal Lives, Social Reality and Fictions?include short introductions outlining each theme, followed by generously illustrated profiles on individual artists exploring their style, approach to the medium and the ideas, narratives and inspirations that lie behind their mark-making. A selection of finely reproduced images highlights the latest work by each artist.

Drawing People features an international roster of artists working with pencil, ink, watercolor, charcoal and crayon, including Francis Al˙s, Charles Avery, Louise Bourgeois, Francesco Clemente, Adam Dant, Marlene Dumas, Dr. Lakra, Paul McCarthy, Nalini Malani, Wangechi Mutu, Raymond Pettibon, Rosemarie Trockel, Tal R, Marcel Dzama, Barry McGee, Amy Sillman and Kara Walker. Together, their drawings and sketches, illustrations and animations bring to life one of the most creatively rich and emotionally powerful forms of art being made today.

An essential book for students and practicing artists.


"Ndombundira Chokwadi Chandinoziva (I embrace the Truth I know), by Virginia Chihota (2011) is reproduced from Drawing People.

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

The Independent

Drawing is now back in the spotlight … this book is asserting the importance of drawing in its own right, as an autonomous artform and not a means to an end.

guardian.com

These weird and wonderful sketches of the human body reveal just what is possible when, pencil in hand, the artist lets their subconscious off the leash.

Fadmagazine

…a thoughtful and beautifully illustrated survey of the most compelling and inventive drawings of the human form being produced today.

The Art Blog

Alyssa Greenberg

a crucial guide to today’s best artists who draw

New York Journal of Books

Jonathan Rickard

The work varies as one would expect from hyper realism to nearly non-representational. There is pure line, chiaroscuro, and color. Reproduction of the art is generous, both in printing quality and size. Each artist’s name, birth date, birthplace, and current location is provided. Some works speak eloquently of the artist’s ethnicity and others reflect this age of instant communication—the blurring of borders.

Art Quarterly

Drawing People is a rich and guttural study of the body.

Association of Illustrators

Derek Brazell

Drawing People rewards through its eclectic mix of artists using drawing as their base, and may inspire an expanding attitude towards the human figure from artistic readers.

Juxtapoz

Lalé Shafaghi

An art student on any level will obsess over this thoughtful analysis of the most innovative drawings of the human form being created today.

The Art Newspaper

Deanna Petherbridge

Roger Malbert’s beautifully designed book is a welcome addition to the relatively sparse English-language literature on contemporary drawing… Malbert’s selection of artists, known and unknown, establishes his thesis that there is a global reinvestment in the human figure as a source of political, psychological and, above all, satirical commentary. For once, in an art world that worships the casual gestural sketch, these are predominantly complex, skilful and ideas-based drawings, weaving witty, disturbing or powerful fantasies about aesthetics as well as abjection. They celebrate exaggerated graphic elaboration, and also colourful and open-ended anarchic invention.

The Artist

A comprehensive and impressive compilation of work from many different contributors, regions and cultures… this is a fascinating and rewarding read.

BMW Art Guide

Featuring over 70 contemporary artists from around the world, Drawing People: The Human Figure in Contemporary Art is an in-depth look at how contemporary artists draw the human figure. Packed with drawings in pencil, ink, watercolor, charcoal and crayon, this publication dives into the world of drawing, looking not only at the medium itself but also into the artists individual styles, approach and narratives found within the works... An absolute must for any art students and practicing artists!

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Drawing Center to Launch 'Drawing People' with Chloe Piene & Dasha Shishkin

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Join us Wednesday, June 24 at the Drawing Center, where Executive Director Brett Littman will host a conversation with artists Chloe Piene and Dasha Shishkin, two of the featured artists in Drawing People, our new survey of innovative contemporary figure drawing. Piene and Shishkin will discuss their practices and lives within one of the most creatively rich and emotionally powerful forms of art being made today. Book signing to follow.
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Dasha Shishkin: "We Are Not Afraid for Comparable Lives" (2011)

Join us tonight at the Drawing Center! In celebration of Drawing People, the Drawing Center's Brett Litmann will appear in conversation with artists Chloe Piene and Moscow-born Dasha Shishkin, whose "We Are Not Afraid for Comparable Lives" (2011) is featured here. (Signing to follow.) Drawing People author Roger Malbert cites Shishkin's "loose, splashy technique" and "wildly perverse imagery, a febrile blend of Toulouse Lautrec and Henry Darger, executed with the spontaneous energy of the Surrealist Matta." An emphatic colorist and the daughter of a puppeteer, Shishkin often includes the character Pinocchio in her "phantasmagorical scenes of decadent society women partying in brilliantly lit, lavish interiors, their noses and nipples sprouting phallic extensions as they feast on dishes of dismembered body parts." continue to blog


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Drawing People

Chloe Piene: "Sleeper 02 (Vintage Hat)" (2005)

"Sleeper 02 (Vintage Hat)," Chloe Piene's 2005 charcoal drawing on vellum, is reproduced from Drawing People, launching tomorrow night at the Drawing Center with a lecture and signing featuring Piene and Dasha Shishkin. Author Roger Malbert writes, "Analogies abound in Chloe Piene’s graphic works: between Eros and death, the human and the animal, and drawing and masturbation. Naked, skinny women – possibly self-portraits – recline or sprawl, isolated in space, the contours of their bodies traced in tremulous charcoal lines that sometimes digress to reveal the skeletal frame beneath the skin’s surface. Skulls, grinning malevolently, are juxtaposed with rounded breasts, and bony fingers intimately caress flesh. This morbid meditation on death is evocative of the Mexican Day of the Dead and of the allegorical danse macabre or ‘dance of death’ of medieval Europe – in fact, it is the Northern European tradition with which the artist claims the closest artistic affinity. Her drawings could seem trite, yet the bodies are so sensitively and vivaciously drawn: a wavering line scoops up the contour of an arm and then floats away loosely into what may be a string of small bones, the beads of a necklace or pure abstraction." continue to blog


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Drawing People: The Human Figure in Contemporary Art

Philip Guston: "Untitled" (1975)

Philip Guston's "Untitled" (1975) is reproduced from Drawing People: The Human Figure in Contemporary Art, the best contemporary figurative drawing survey of 2015. Of Guston, who made the break from the dominant mode of Abstract Expressionism at the most difficult time possible, author Roger Malbert writes, "For two years, from 1967 to 1968, he abandoned painting and did nothing but draw. He was later to say, ‘I cannot make a dot or a line which doesn’t represent a known thing.’ Thus, one of the most dramatic paradigm shifts in modern art – the return to figuration – was essentially accomplished through drawing." Though Drawing People focuses on figurative drawing of the last decade by artists like Raymond Pettibon, Elizabeth Peyton and Paul McCarthy, it's nice to remember where it comes from. continue to blog


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Paul McCarthy: "323-825-0915 (Blockhead Drawing 2 of 4)" (2000)

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Drawing People: The Human Figure in Contemporary Art

Raymond Pettibon: "No title (Once the judge)" (2006)

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Louise Bourgeois: "The Feeding" (2007)

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William Kentridge: Drawing for the film 'Other Faces' (2011)

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Elizabeth Peyton: "Klara (Klara Liden) 10 October 2009 Berlin" (2009)

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FROM THE BOOK
ARTISTS INCLUDE:
■ Francis Al˙s
■ Charles Avery
■ Louise Bourgeois
■ Francesco Clemente
■ Adam Dant
■ Marlene Dumas
■ Marcel Dzama
■ William Kentridge
■ Dr. Lakra
■ Chad McCail
■ Paul McCarthy
■ Barry McGee
■ Nalini Malani
■ Wangechi Mutu
■ Jockum Nordström
■ Chris Ofili
■ Raymond Pettibon
■ Elizabeth Peyton
■ Tal R
■ Amy Sillman
■ Rosemarie Trockel
■ Kara Walker

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