Thursday, December 29, 2011

Twentieth-century Drawings & Sketchbooks from the Royal Academy's Collection

  1. artwork: L. S. Lowry RA (1887-1976) - " The Cripples", 1949 - Oil on canvas, 30" X 40" - © Estate of L.S. Lowry  - This painting marks the beginning of the artist's more satirical, often highly cruel view of his fellows. An example of the artist's "composite" street scene, gathering in the one deeply emotional image of the afflicted
    LONDON.- A new exhibition in the Tennant Gallery reveals the richness of the Academy’s rarely seen holdings of twentieth-century drawings and sketchbooks. Although drawing is a natural human activity, only in the twentieth century have artists drawn more from inner compulsion than out of practical necessity. By including a wide range of styles, techniques and modes of draughtsmanship found in works by both Royal Academicians and students alike – everything from doodles to diploma works – the exhibition aims to capture the magic of drawing done for its own sake. On view at the Royal Academy of Arts until 12 February 2012. Also on show is a ten-minute film, made by researcher Elisa Alaluusua, in which the sculptor Michael Sandle RA talks about his sketchbooks.

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