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Pushing paper: Contemporary drawing from 1970 to now (British Museum)

Isabel Seligman


A fascinating exploration of drawing by contemporary artists from across the globe, published with the support of the Bridget Riley Art Foundation


Focusing on 56 selected works from the 1970s to today, Pushing paper examines why drawing has endured as a method of making art, and explores the vital and fundamental nature of drawing through themes such as systems and process, identity, place and space, time and memory, and power and protest. These broad themes allow for original connections to be made between images, which will inspire all practitioners of drawing.

Supported by the Bridget Riley Art Foundation, the book showcases work by major contemporary artists from around the world, including Phyllida Barlow, Louise Bourgeois, Judy Chicago, Adel Daoud, Richard Deacon, Tacita Dean, Peter Doig, Tracey Emin, Richard Hamilton, Jacob El Hanani, David Hockney, Ellen Gallagher, Andrzej Jackowski, Anish Kapoor, Anselm Kiefer, Minjung Kim, Marcia Kure, Nja Mahdaoui, Sol LeWitt, Bahman Mohassess, David Nash, Eduardo Paolozzi, Cornelia Parker, Grayson Perry, Gerhard Richter, Bridget Riley, Susan Schwalb, Hamid Sulaiman, Imran Qureshi, Hajra Waheed and Rachel Whiteread, as well as exciting works by lesser-known artists.

Aimed at admirers of drawing, and artists and students alike, Pushing paper provides an arresting analysis of the status of drawing in the world of contemporary art.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 25.0 x 22.0 cm

Extent: 128 pp

Illustrations: 126

Publication date: 12 September 2019

ISBN: 9780500480540

About the Author

Isabel Seligman is the Bridget Riley Art Foundation Curator at the British Museum. She is the author of Lines of thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to now and contributed to The American Dream: pop to the present.