January 3, 2008

Larger-than-life drawing

"Big Drawing," Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, NY. Through Jan. 19.

This five-person group show features huge drawings by Sharon Horvath, Graham Nickson, Karlis Rekevics, Michael Volonakis and James Weingrod. Media include ink, acrylic, charcoal, and Plexiglas. In the NY Sun, Alix Finkelstein compares the drawings to Renaissance cartones. "Artists continue to expand the boundaries of traditional graphic expression, not just thematically, but also through a dramatic increase in scale. 'Big Drawing,' at Lori Bookstein Fine Art, features five artists who have produced monumental drawings in charcoal, pastel, and even Plexiglas. Karlis Rekevics's abstract charcoal on paper 'Opinion, Thought, Belief' occupies the entire back wall of the gallery, while Graham Nickson's richly textured 'Departure' measures over 13 feet in width and 6 feet in height. The evocative charcoal drawing of ocean bathers achieves the elegance of figural compositioning found in a Renaissance cartone."

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