Drawings in American Art


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Articles and essays from Resource Library in chronological order:

Above the Fruited Plain: Native ledger art by Dwayne Wilcox (5/13/16)

Red Horse: Drawings of the Battle of the Little Bighorn (1/29/16)

William Beckman: Drawings, 1967-2013 (6/23/14)

Fine Lines: American Drawings from the Brooklyn Museum (3/10/14)

Civil War Drawings from the Becker Collection (2/3/11)

Native American Ledger Drawings from the Hood Museum of Art: The Mark Lansburgh Collection (11/12/10)

Life Lines: The Drawings of Charles Steffen (7/27/10)

William Trost Richards - True to Nature: Drawings, Watercolors, and Oil Sketches at Stanford University (7/15/10)

Deep Sea: Drawings by William O. Golding (12/10/09)

Albert Tissandier: Drawings of Nature and Industry in the United States: 1885; essay by Mary Francey (12/7/09)

William Palmer: Drawing from Life (9/2/09)

The Picture Tells the Story: The Drawings of Joseph E. Yoakum; essay by Mark Pascale (4/4/09)

Drawings: The Fort Worth Art Center Museum; essay by Peter Plagens (8/6/08)

Illinois Artists Paintings and Drawings (6/17/08)

For the People: American Mural Drawings of the 1930s and 1940s; essay by Patricia E. Phagan (5/1/08)

The Powerful Hand of George Bellows: Drawings from the Boston Public Library (4/29/08)

Lines of Discovery: American Drawings (12/3/07)

Tracing the Nation: Recently Acquired American Drawings (9/17/07)

Plains Indian Drawings: The Gerald and Hope Solomons Collection (5/26/07)

Howard Cook: Drawings of Alabama; essay by Stephen Goldfarb (2/23/07)

For the People: American Mural Drawings of the 1930s and 1940s (1/23/07)

For the People: American Mural Drawings of the 1930s and 1940s (1/23/07)

Jim Dine: some drawings (1/16/07)

Homer to Hockney: Master Drawings from the Collection (12/4/06)

The Dispassionate Body: Philip Pearlstein, Paintings and Drawings of Figures in Still Life; with essay titled "The Model as Painter and Painted" by Desirée Alvarez (10/2/06)

Eastman Johnson: Paintings and Drawings of the Lake Superior Ojibwe (10/2/06)

Marks of Distinction: Two Hundred Years of American Drawings and Watercolors from the Hood Museum of Art (11/10/05)

Jim Dine, some drawings (8/31/05)

Lines of Discovery: 225 Years of American Drawings (8/23/06)

Heroic America: James Daugherty's Mural Drawings from the 1930s; essay by Rebecca E. Lawton (6/23/05)

Nelson Shanks: Paintings and Drawings; essay by Peter F. Blume (3/30/05)

William Stanley Haseltine (1835-1900): Drawings of a Painter; essay by John Wilmerding (3/16/05)

Marks of Distinction: Two Hundred Years of American Drawings and Watercolors from the Hood Museum of Art (3/1/05)

New Master Drawings (3/1/05)

John Biggers: My America, The 1940s and 1950s -- Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings (1/31/05)

The Spirit of the Modern: Drawings and Graphics by Maltby Sykes; Foreword to Maltby Sykes catalogue, by William Underwood Eiland, Director; Friendship's Garland: Remembering Maltby Sykes, "A Witness of His Time", essay by Taylor Littleton (12/20/04)

Picturing Change: The Impact of Ledger Drawings on Native American Art (11/24/04)

Cotton Puffs, Q-tips®, Smoke and Mirrors: The Drawings of Ed Ruscha (5/31/04)

Claes Oldenburg: Drawings, 1959-1977 and Claes Oldenburg with Coosje van Bruggen: Drawings, 1992-1998, in the Whitney Museum of American Art (4/1/04)

Russell Crotty: Globe Drawings (2/26/04)

Childe Hassam: Prints and Drawings from the Collection (12/11/03)

Eskimo Drawings (7/23/03)

Marc Baseman Selected Drawings (7/15/03)

Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective Of Drawings (6/24/03)

SIDE BY SIDE: Theater Drawings From The 1930s by Al Hirschfeld & Ben Solowey (5/21/03)

Claes Oldenburg/Coosje van Bruggen Drawings (5/30/02)

Marsha Skinner Landscape Drawings, with interpretive essay by David L. Witt (5/6/02)

Pen, Pencil, and Brush: American Drawings and Watercolors, 1850-1950 (2/13/02)

John Singer Sargent Beyond the Portrait Studio: Paintings, Drawings, and Watercolors from The Metropolitan Museum of Art (2/1/02)

Model/Artist Terry St John: Figurative Drawings 1961-2001; with essay by Terry St John (1/3/02)

Drawings by Kojo Griffin (11/14/01)

American Pastorale: Drawings by John F. Kensett (8/29/01)

Process on Paper: Drawings from Charles Bregler's Thomas Eakins Collection at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (8/16/01)

Process on Paper: Drawings by Thomas Eakins from the Charles Bregler Collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (2/12/01)

Eye of The Storm: The Civil War Drawings of Robert Knox Sneden (10/2/00)

Siegfried R. Weng: Prints and Drawings (9/14/00)

Oliphant in Santa Fe: Political Drawings, Caricature, and Sculpture (9/5/00)

The Drawings and Etchings of Helen Loggie (8/9/00)

Intimate Expressions: Two Centuries of American Drawings (6/15/00)

Open Air Sketching: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Drawings in the Albany Institute of History and Art (5/9/00)

James Valerio: Drawings (5/8/00)

An Exuberant Bounty: Prints and Drawings by African Americans (3/1/00)

Andy Warhol Drawings, 1942-1987 (2/27/00)

Large Drawings from the Arkansas Art Center Foundation Collection (12/9/99)

Beyond a View: The Landscape Drawings of Teri Malo (10/26/99)

Horatio Greenough: An American Sculptor's Drawings (9/23/99)

Sargent in the Studio: Drawings, Sketchbooks, and Oil Sketches (6/99)

Knoxville Museum of Art Hosts Twentieth Century American Drawings (4/12/99)

Elihu Vedder's Drawings for the Rubaiyat (10/98)

Lasting Impressions: Drawings by Thomas Hart Benton (10/98)

Mary Cassatt: Drawings and Prints in The Metropolitan Museum of Art (9/16/98)

Norman Rockwell: Drawing the American Dream (7/28/98)

Mary Cassatt: Drawings and Prints (1998)

Editor's note: This is a sampler of articles and essays Published in Resource Library. Many more articles and essays may be found by search.


TFAO references:

As of 5/14/16 TFAO Digital Library contained 3,120 pages referencing the word "drawings."


From other websites:

Alice Aycock Drawings: Some Stories Are Worth Repeating, an exhibit held April 23, 2014 - July 13, 2013 at the Grey Art Gallery of New York University. Accessed December, 2015

Along the Lines: Selected Drawings by Saul Steinberg is a 2017 exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago which says: "Saul Steinberg (American, born Romania, 1914-99) had one of the most remarkable and varied careers in postwar American art. While known for the drawings that graced the cover of the New Yorker for nearly six decades, he was equally acclaimed for the drawings, paintings, prints, collages, and sculptures he exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the world. Through these parallel careers -- cartoonist and independent artist -- Steinberg crafted a rich and ever-evolving idiom and, in the process, became celebrated the world over for giving graphic definition to the postwar age."  Accessed 6/17

Drawn Home: Paul Shore is a 2017 exhibit at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center which says: "Inspired by Audubon's heroic project to draw all the birds of North America, Paul Shore looked at his home and drew every object in it. His four-year undertaking comprises 792 drawings, 13 prints, and 13 sculptures, all made to scale or larger." Accessed 4/17

Elzbieta Sikorska: Time Stands Still is a 2017 exhibit at the American University Museum which says:"...Time affects everything: people, animals, woodlands, earth, stone, and artifacts. These are the elements that Elzbieta Sikorska uses in her large scale, multimedia drawings, conceived as loose pictorial narratives whose common thread is the continuity of being." Also see artist's website. Accessed 5/17

Face Value: Artists' Portraits by Alphonse van Woerkom is a 2017 exhibit at the Columbia Museum of Art which says: "Alphonse van Woerkom is an artist fascinated with other artists. As a life-long draftsman, his natural response is to draw portraits of them." Also see video uploaded by Columbia Museum of Art. Accessed 12/17

Fernando Bryce: The Book of Needs is a 2018 exhibit at the Harvard Art Museums which says: "The Harvard Art Museums present Fernando Bryce's The Book of Needs, a multipart work comprised of 81 ink-on-paper drawings. Bryce, who was born in Peru but has lived extensively in Berlin and New York, selectively reconstructs images from early issues of the UNESCO Courier, published in English, French, and Spanish since 1948." Accessed 2/18

Fine Lines: American Drawings from the Brooklyn Museum was a 2014-5 exhibit at the Baker Museum which says: "These featured objects from 1769-1945 trace the history of American graphic art through a variety of styles and practices. Each drawing, whether in graphite, ink, or pastel, provides immediate insight into the artist's methods and vision... Organized into thematic sections - the nude body, the clothed figure, portraiture, narrative subjects and landscape - Fine Lines examines drawing as an initial step in the creative process and a vital medium in its own right." Accessed 1/17

Flora and Fauna: Drawings by Francesca Anderson is a 2016 exhibit at the Bruce Museum which says: "Flora and Fauna brings together a selection of Anderson's large-scale botanical illustrations for which she is best-known and life-size scratchboard illustrations of birds. The three-foot tall, black-and-white images are striking, meticulously drawn from life in exacting detail. Two new pieces created for this show spotlight mounted birds selected from the Bruce Museum collection -- a red-breasted merganser and a barred owl." Also see image sheet. Accessed 2/17

Gendron Jensen - Series on Resurrection in Nature was an exhibit held August 18 through December 23, 2016 at the Haggerty Museum of Art. HMA says: "For more than forty years Gendron Jensen, a largely self-taught artist now living in New Mexico, has obsessively and lovingly transformed found relics into wakeful images of uncommon beauty. The Series on Resurrection in Nature, created between January 1969 and March 1970, consists of sixteen 60 x 72 inch finely detailed graphite drawings of small natural phenomena found on the land surrounding Saint Benedict's Abbey in Benet Lake, Wisconsin." HMA webpage includes slide show. Also see "Jensen draws nature's small wonders on a big scale" by Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, September 17, 2016. Accessed September, 2016.

Geoffrey Chadsey: Heroes and Secondaries is a 2017 exhibit at Boston University Art Galleries which says: "Skillfully drawn on sheets of transparent Mylar using watercolor pencil and crayon, Chadsey renders and shapes his largely male subjects with the exactness of a plastic surgeon."  - To read more after exhibit closes, go to "Past Exhibitions" section of museum website. Also see artist's website  Accessed 12/17

Greg Shattenberg: Prints and Drawings is a 2015 exhibit at the Bates College Museum of Art which says: "Greg Shattenberg employs a variety of media to create artworks that explore the use of language as an element of image making. He is an accomplished printmaker who, over the years, has experimented with a wide variety of printing methods from woodcut, etching and lithography, to photographic processes such as collotype and color copy transfer." Accessed 10/18  

Harry Dodge: The Inner Reality of Ultra-Intelligent Life is a 2016-17 exhibit at the Armory Center for the Arts, which says that the exhibit: "...features the premiere of two new video works made especially for the exhibition, Mysterious Fires and Big Bang (Song of the Cosmic Hobo), paired with Accessed 11/16an array of earlier work, including sculptures and drawings, which showcase the evolution of Dodge's interests and trajectories over the past decade."

The Importance of Place: A Sketchbook of Drawings by Stuart Davis was an ongoing exhibit which opened August 19, 2014 at the Cape Ann Museum. Accessed August, 2016.

John Raimondi: Drawing to Sculpture is a 2016 exhibit at the Appleton Museum of Art, which says: "With monumental works at more than 25 museums, nine colleges and universities, three airports, and dozens more public and private locations throughout the United States and Europe, John Raimondi's sculptures are among the most prominent contemporary public artworks. While his sculptures are easy to spot - some rise more than 60 feet tall - the Appleton will be among the first venues to showcase the artist's dynamic preparatory drawings." Accessed 11/16. Also see 10/30/16 article by Linda Marx in JW Magazine. Accessed 11/16.

Matrix 268: Veronica De Jesus is a 2017 exhibit at the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive which says: "Created between 2004 and 2016, the Memorial Drawings series commemorates the lives of artists, writers, and other notable individuals - including both internationally prominent figures and local community members in the Bay Area, where De Jesus lived prior to her move to Los Angeles in 2016."  Also see press release  Accessed 12/17

Portraiture Now: Drawing on the Edge is a 2013-14 exhibit at the Arkansas Arts Center which says: "The works in Drawing on the Edge expand the narrow boundaries that once defined drawing. Probing the intersection between drawing, photography, painting, video, textual writing, and computer technology, artists introduce a sense of appealing complexity." Accessed 2/17

Rick Shaefer: Rendering Nature was a 2014 exhibit at the Bellarmine Museum of Art which says in its press release: "Inspired directly by the textural richness of the natural world as well as the communicative power of "the line," Shaefer gravitates towards subjects that are as visually compelling as they are intellectually engaging. Massive oak trees felled by the forces of nature and magisterial creatures, including the American Bison and Indian Rhinoceros, reflect his profound interest in the capacity of bold mark-marking to evoke the visual patterns of our lived environment. They equally speak to his stated interest in the powerful intersection of the human and the natural worlds and the resulting dialogues - historical, mythological, and anthropomorphic - to which these collisions give rise. Shaefer's charcoal drawings will be complemented by more than a dozen of his cloud paintings..." Accessed 1/17

Rick Shaefer: The Refugee Trilogy is a 2017 exhibit at the Haggerty Museum of Art which says: "Employing monochromatic drawing as his medium, Shaefer creates powerful compositions abounding with figures and motifs inspired by Rubens and Géricault along with other artists in the art historical pantheon, harnessing the lexicon of old master painting as he plumbs the expressive capacity of art to address the timeless human tragedy of exile, migration and dislocation."  Also see press release Accessed 12/17

Robert Pruitt: Benediction is a 2017 exhibit at the Edwin A. Urich Museum of Art which says: "Robert Pruitt is known for impactful drawings that touch on issues of representation and the body. Referencing the artist's interests in science fiction, hip hop, science and technology, sci-fi, comic books, Black political struggles and symbols of traditional African cultures, his work strives to convey the diversity present in the range of breadth of collective Black diasporic experience both past and present." Also see artist's website. Accessed 5/17

Thornton Dial: Thoughts on Paper is a 2012 exhibit at the Ackland Art Museum which says: "One of America's most remarkable living artists, Thornton Dial is widely recognized for his large-scale, multimedia assemblages, yet his most abundant body of work is his drawings, which he began producing in the early 1990s. Organized by the Ackland Art Museum, Thornton Dial: Thoughts on Paper will feature 50 of Dial's earliest drawings from 1990-1991, a pivotal moment in his artistic career." Accessed 2/17

Toyin Ojih Odutola - The Firmament is a 2018 exhibit at the Hood Museum of Art which says: "Ojih Odutola's signature drawing technique rewards close scrutiny. She creates small patches of color from carefully hatched lines to show skin; each plane works to delineate the exposed volumes of her sitter's body." Accessed 8/18

Trenton Doyle Hancock: Skin and Bones, 20 Years of Drawing is a 2014 exhibit at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston which says: " At the center of Hancock's storytelling is an imaginative and epic narrative about fictional creatures called the Mounds, who populate a wildly fantastic, inventive landscape." Accessed 10/18 

Unsettled: The Work of Edward Gorey is a 2016 exhibit at the Cranbrook Art Museum which says: "Edward Gorey's masterful pen-and-ink drawings that illustrate his captivating books conjure a vaguely Edwardian world of handcars, boater hats, and Dickensian children." Also see Wikipedia entry. Accessed 10/18 

William Beckman: Drawings, 1967-2013 is a 2014-15 exhibit at the Arkansas Arts Center which says: "While Beckman's paintings depict landscapes, figures and still lifes, his most celebrated drawings are those of the human figure....Many of Beckman's images are full-length self-portraits that juxtapose the artist with his wife or a second image of himself."  Accessed 2/17




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