Published by The Drawing Center. Text by Claire Gilman.
This publication evolves from Colombian artist José Antonio Suárez Londoño’s 2012 exhibition at The Drawing Center in New York. The volume features full-color plates of drawings from a selection of Londoño’s notebooks (or “yearbooks”) dating from 1997 to the present and taken from the artist’s ongoing project in which he creates a daily drawing based on a book or series of books that he reads over the course of a year. These literary touchstones have included such diverse sources as the diaries of Paul Klee, Franz Kafka and Eugène Delacroix; Ovid’s Metamorphoses; W.G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn; and Patti Smith’s poetry. The drawings themselves are refined and spare, imbued with a true classical draughtsman’s eye for nuance and detail, in a unique approach to depicting contemporary artifacts. The accompanying essay is by curator Claire Gilman.