CLOSING SOON: Sean Scully and Alexis Rockman on view through Sunday, November 3 at the Drawing Center
The Drawing Center presents Sean Scully: Change and Horizontals, a focused survey that comprises Sean Scully's (b. 1945, Dublin, Ireland) acrylic, ink, graphite, and masking-tape drawings from 1974-75, presented together for the first time in over thirty years. The works, along with their preparatory sketches and never-before-seen experimental typewritten drawings, will be presented in the Main Gallery, alongside two large-scale paintings from the same period, from Friday, September 27, to Sunday, November 3, 2013.
Also on view during this period is Alexis Rockman: Drawings from Life of Pi, which will be exhibited in the Drawing Room and The Lab. Alexis Rockman's watercolor drawings were the first stage in the development of the fantastical, imaginary world of Life of Pi, the 2012 Academy Award-winning feature film directed by Ang Lee.Sean Scully's acrylic, ink, graphite, and masking-tape drawings from 1974-75 will be presented together for the first time in over thirty years alongside two large-scale paintings from the same period. Executed in London and New York City respectively, the Change andHorizontals drawings, along with their preparatory sketches and experimental typewritten drawings, highlight Scully's core concern with line and color's relation to place. Viewed together, the works chart an evolution of composition and gesture that provide unique insight into this artist's singular aesthetic. Curated by Brett Littman, Executive Director, and Joanna Kleinberg Romanow, Assistant Curator.
Alexis Rockman's darkly surreal watercolor drawings, the first stage in the development of Ang Lee's 2012 Academy Award-winning feature film Life of Pi, depict the collision between human civilization and the natural world. Though most artistic contributions to cinema are dependent on photo-realism or cartoon-like illustration, Rockman's images are fluid, intimate, and dynamic in a way that only drawing can capture. The exhibition will provide The Drawing Center with a unique opportunity to explore the relationship between drawing and commercial filmmaking. Curated by Brett Littman, Executive Director, and Nova Benway, Curatorial Assistant.