Reading List – A Slice through the World

To coincide with the exhibition, A Slice through the World: Contemporary Artists’ Drawings, we’ve put together a reading list which explores themes within the exhibition, and provides an insight into some of the most exciting contemporary drawing from across the international art world.

A selection of these titles will be available to buy in the Modern Art Oxford shop during the exhibition.

Drawing People: The Human Figure in Contemporary Art (2015) 
Roger Malbert
Described by Art Quarterly magazine as a ‘rich and guttural study of the body,’ this book by drawing specialist Roger Malbert offers a richly illustrated survey of contemporary artists who place drawing and the human form at the heart of their practice.

Vitamin D2: New Perspectives in Drawing (2018) 
The latest in the influential Vitamin art book series, this volume focuses on the drawings of 115 international contemporary artists, offering an irresistible overview of current drawing practices from across the world.

Karl Haendel, Doubt (2018)
Karl Haendel & Wentrup Gallery
Karl Haendel is best known for his meticulously representative drawings based on found photographic imagery. This publication is the first monograph of the New York-born artist’s work, whose new installation ‘Weeks in Wet Sheets’ (2015) features in Modern Art Oxford’s exhibition, A Slice through the World: Contemporary Artists’ Drawings.

Learn to see the human figure  (2017)
Daniela Brambilla
This illustrated publication focuses on the art of observation as a means of drawing the human form. Acknowledging the common fear of making mistakes when sketching from life, this book champions a return to the boldness and curiosity of drawing in childhood.

Ciprian Muresan: Drawings 2015-2004 (2016) 
Mihai Pop and Plan B
This beautiful book traces the forms in which drawing occurs in the diverse practice of Romanian artist Ciprian Muresan (b. 1977, Dej, Romania), whose work features in A Slice through the World: Contemporary Artists’ Drawings.

Contemporary Drawing: From the 1960s to Now (2015)
Katherine Stout
This generously illustrated book tracks the transformation of drawing from a secondary medium to it’s contemporary place at the forefront of the modern art world.

Hyperdrawing: Beyond the Lines of Contemporary Art (2012)
Russell Marshall and Phil Sawdon
Hyperdrawing explores the wide potential of drawing within contemporary practice and art theory, taking drawing beyond the interaction of pencil and paper to a re-envisaging of the medium in multiple dimensions and alternate realities.

Drawing Water (2014)
Tania Kovats and Sam Jones
London-born artist, Tania Kovats uses drawing as a key element within her practice. Published alongside her 2013 exhibition at Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Drawing Water looks at the medium as a tool for exploration as much as a means of representation, bringing together drawings by writers, map makers, soldiers, sailors, artists, scientists, engineers and many more.

Drawing Masterclass: 100 Creative Techniques of Great Artists (2017)
Guy NobleOrganised into genres of drawing, including nudes, figures, landscapes and still life, Drawing Masterclass leads us through the techniques behind the work of some of the world’s most influential artists.

Drawing Now (2015) 
Elsy Lahner
Drawing Now presents key works by artists who are significantly pushing the boundaries of drawing as a genre. The featured artists include Silvia Bächli, Michaël Borremans, Paul Noble, Toba Khedoori and David Shrigley.

The Art of Drawing: British Masters and Methods since 1600 (2013)
Susan Owens
Susan Owens, Curator of Paintings and Drawings at the V&A presents important British drawings from the museum’s rich collection, dating from early seventeenth century to the present day. The book includes insights into important works by William Blake, John Constable, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Paul Nash, Lucian Freud and Grayson Perry.

A Slice through the World: Contemporary Artists’ Drawings is on at Modern Art Oxford from 16 June — 9 September 2018.

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