"On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century" Exhibition

The Museum of Modern Art

poster for "On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century" Exhibition

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"On Line" explores the radical transformation of the medium of drawing throughout the twentieth century, a period when numerous artists subjected the traditional concepts of drawing to a critical examination and expanded the medium's definition in relation to gesture and form. In a revolutionary departure from the institutional definition of drawing, and from the reliance on paper as the fundamental support material, artists instead pushed line across the plane into real space, thus questioning the relation between the object of art and the world. On Line includes approximately three hundred works that connect drawing with selections of painting, sculpture, photography, film, and dance (represented by film and documentation). In this way, the exhibition makes the case for a discursive history of mark making, while mapping an alternative project of drawing in the twentieth century.

[Image: Anna Maria Maiolino "Desde A até M (From A to M), from the series Mapas Mentais (Mental Maps)" (1972–99) Thread, synthetic polymer paint, ink, transfer type, and pencil on paper 49.8 x 49.5 cm.]


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