Where can you find Anthony Gormley next to Grayson Perry and, if you are lucky, take one home for £250? The Drawing Biennial 2017, which brings together a multi-generational collection of 200 works on paper from notable artists. The exhibition culminates in an online auction in the exhibition’s two final weeks, available from £250 with proceeds going to support the Drawing Room’s ongoing programme.
The gallery notes that drawing can offer a rapidity of response to contemporary concerns which can be lost in more costly productions and this is certainly in evidence in this show. But what makes this collection so exciting is that these are finished works of art in their own right and not sketches or creative stepping stones to other work. Some use the practice of mark-making, whether digital prints to graphite on paper, to explore the politics of everyday graphic design, texts and slogans (Amalia Pica) while others exploit the medium to explore wit, abreaction and figuration.
Contributors include Jonathan Allen, ruby onyinyechi amanze, Art & Language, Ed Atkins, Marc Bauer, Kasper Bosmans, Koen van den Broek, James Capper, Nidhal Chamekh, Milano Chow, Steven Claydon, Ronald Cornelissen, Angela de la Cruz, Richard Deacon, Nicolas Desayes, Mark Dion, Marcel van Eeden, Ed Fornieles, Richard Forster, Margarita Gluzberg, Antony Gormley, Lubaina Himid, Karl Holmqvist, Donna Huddleston, Rachel Howard, Chantal Joffe, Peter Jones, Michael Landy, Brit Meyer, Julian Opie, Cornelia Parker, Eddie Peake, Simon Periton, Grayson Perry, Amalia Pica, Yelena Popova, Matt Saunders, Massinissa Selmani, John Smith, Emma Talbot, Suzanne Treister, Nicola Tyson, Frances Upritchard, Marcus Vater, Julie Verhoeven, Mark Wallinger, Claudia Wieser and Rose Wylie.
For more details: https://drawingroom.org.uk/drawingbiennial2017
Exhibition: 2 March – 26 April
Online Auction: 12 – 26 April