Drawing has recently experienced a renewal of importance in the art world; in fact, it has rarely been as widely represented in the biennials, art fairs, and exhibitions as it is now. Similar in concept, scope and structure to Phaidon's successful volume Vitamin P, Vitamin D presents, in A to Z order, the work of 109 artists who have emerged internationally since 1990 using the medium of drawing. Whether representational or abstract, small or large in scale, using only one line or rich in colors and pattern, drawings have a highly descriptive and meticulously detailed quality that is being explored by an increasing number of contemporary artists. Extending beyond the traditional image associated with this medium, Vitamin D hopes to illustrate the complexity, variety, and relevance of the practice of drawing today.



ISBN: 9780714845456
Audience: General
Format: Hardback
Number of Pages: 352
Publication Date: 28 Oct 2007
Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publication City, Country: London, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 29(H) x 25(L) x 3.5(W)



'big, sexy, gorgeously produced - there are many examples of drawing's special faculty to act as a conduit of individuality. - a great introduction to 109 new worlds made intimate through the innate qualities of drawing.' Adam Dant, artist, RA magazine (Royal Academy of Arts magazine), Autumn 2005 'handsomely produced ... Many radical experiments in modern art occurred first in drawings. The efficiency of drawing for expressing thought and feeling, combined with the simplicity and cheapness of materials, make it attractive to the itinerant, the impoverished and the introspective, in other words to many contemporary artists. ... the quality of the work is extraordinarily high' Robert Malbert, Times Literary Supplement, 9 June 2006


Author Biography

Emma Dexter is Senior Curator at Tate Modern, London. She was co-curator of the exhibition 'Cruel and Tender: The Real in the Twentieth Century Photograph'. Other recent shows include a retrospective of Luc Tuymans, 'Pin-up: Contemporary Collage and Drawing', and a special installation by Bruce Nauman in the Tate Modern's Turbine Hall as part of the museum's ongoing Unilever series.

Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing

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