Gijs Assmann | Marlies Appel | David Bade | Merina Beekman | Simon Benson | Dineke Blom | Marcel van Eeden | Otto Egberts | Helen Frik | Rosemin Hendriks | Tjibbe Hooghiemstra | Nour-Eddine Jarram | Natasja Kensmil | Juul Kraijer | Ronald Noorman | Erik Odijk | Roland Sohier | Elly Strik | Dieuwke Spaans | Juliette Tulkens | Piet Tuytel | Hans de Wit

Arno Kramer

Introduction  1|2|3|4  As a result, artists have increasingly begun to regard drawing as an autonomous art discipline, and drawings occasionally represent important contributions to art exhibitions nowadays. In fact, it is only in the last ten years that artists who have made drawing the most important discipline in their oeuvre have come to the fore. They are true specialists who are mainly engaged in drawing and, as a consequence, are realizing fascinating new developments in one of the oldest art disciplines.

It is becoming apparent that they are exerting a certain influence, and many artists who generally work in other disciplines are now also considering their sketches on paper to be of more importance or are recognizing the more commercial role of drawings. A work on paper by a renowned artist is often still affordable. Sometimes the drawings look like they have been dragged out of nowhere, or artists who never put pen to paper suddenly appear to want to exercise their talents in that discipline. In this context, one can think of Thomas Schütte, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Rosemarie Trockel, Tony Cragg, etc. Unfortunately, the results, I have to conclude, are occasionally wretched. Of course, it will be self-evident that splendid discoveries have been made as well. The significance of Louise Bourgeois’s drawings cannot be denied and this also applies to Marlene Dumas, Miriam Cahn, Sylvia Bachli, Enzo Cucchi, Mimmo Paladino, Francesco Clemente, George Baselitz, and Per Kirkeby. These artists have proved capable of reaching an extremely high standard in both painting and drawing.

For this exhibition on drawing, entitled Into Drawing Contemporary Dutch Drawings, the choice of artist was largely determined by whether or not drawing forms the mainstay of their oeuvre or even is the only discipline they practise. Because there is currently a larger assortment in the domain of drawing, strict selection was necessary. >