For many, 2020 was the year for drawing – its absorbing immediacy, its accessibility to all and its capacity for processing ideas, thoughts and emotions made it a vital tool for navigating uncertain times. The multiplicity of drawings on show reveals sparkling gems, a glossary of the challenges and the opportunities afforded by a global pandemic that has affected us all in different ways.
Featuring new and recent works on paper by leading international artists, the Biennial showcases every imaginable technique and represents artists from a range of generations, backgrounds, and heritages. The exhibition culminates in an online auction taking place over its final two weeks, with all donated works avail- able to purchase – an unmissable chance to own works by established greats and discover emerging talent.
Contributing artists include: Art & Language, Charles Avery, Phyllida Barlow, Amelia Barratt, Alvaro Barrington, David Batchelor, Marc Bauer, Olivia Bax, Rana Begum, Bea Bonafini, Derek Boshier, Sonia Boyce, Adam Chodzko, Shawanda Corbett, Emma Cousin, Somaya Critchlow, Richard Deacon, Tacita Dean, Howard Dyke, Neil Gall, Ryan Gander, Lothar Goetz, Penny Goring, Antony Gormley, Mona Hatoum,
Donna Huddleston, Chantal Joffe, Radhika Khimji, France-Lise McGurn, Julie Mehretu, Jade Montserrat, Paul Noble, Julian Opie, Fani Parali, Hetain Patel, Florence Peake, Simon Periton, Heather Phillipson, Cathie Pilkington, Yelena Popova, Kathy Prendergast, Quinlan & Hastings, Saad Qureshi, Giles Round, George Shaw, Raqib Shaw, Adam Shield, Bob & Roberta Smith, Olivia Sterling, Suzanne Treister, Luc Tuymans, Nicola Tyson, Phoebe Unwin, Kara Walker and Rose Wylie.
This exhibition and auction of over 300 unique artworks provides an invaluable snapshot of how artists are working with drawing today.
Drawing Biennial 2021 not only shines a light on the vibrancy and vitality of drawing today but also helps secure its future for tomorrow. Proceeds will support Drawing Room’s move to its permanent home in Bermondsey in 2022, where it can continue its exploration, appreciation and expression of the language of drawing.
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