The end of the line: attitudes in drawing is organised by Hayward Touring in collaboration with mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art and The Bluecoat, Liverpool, in association with The Drawing Room, London.
In the Western tradition, drawing was the foundation of art education, the essential discipline underlying all others. In the second half of the 20th century, a more academic approach to art making threatened the authority of drawing as a 'pure' art form, as a result, many schools cast it out as a throwback to past times. Recently drawing has returned to the mainstream as a cheap and autonomous activity, a democratically available form of image making, uniquely capable of intimate, spontaneous self-revelation.
Just as the formal and stylistic parameters of drawing have expanded, so too has the range of artists it attracts. Through drawing, people from every continent have access to the same essential codes and tools for communicating ideas, dreams and interpretations of the world. The end of the Line: attitudes in drawing presents new or recent works by eleven highly acclaimed international artists, whose work has not been shown extensively in the UK. The exhibition explores a diverse range of contemporary approaches to drawing by a new generation of artists, whose works will appeal to the imaginations of a broad public.
The artists: Jan Albers (Namibia/ Germany), Michaël Borremans (Belgium), Marc Brandenburg (Germany), Fernando Bryce (Peru/Germany), Kate Davis (New Zealand/UK), Kim Hiorthøy (Norway), Monika Grzymala (Poland), David Haines (UK/Netherlands), Garrett Phelan (Ireland), Naoyuki Tsuji (Japan), Sandra Vasquez de la Horra(Chile)