(art)books we love | Disegno

Prolog

In the mediaeval period, drawing served mainly learning, practising and copying purposes, but now it gained fresh significance as the first step in the creative artistic process and in the development of artists‘ individual ideas.

Pierre Biard (1592-1661) Disegno, the Personification of Drawing with Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, around 1620 (?) Pen and ink drawing in brown over black chalk or charcoal, 152 X 110 mm (Inv.-Nr. C7335) page 9
Pierre Biard (1592-1661)
Disegno, the Personification of Drawing with Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, around 1620 (?)
Pen and ink drawing in brown over black chalk or charcoal, 152 X 110 mm
(Inv.-Nr. C7335)
page 9
A lot of drawings were originally drafts for oil paintings, paper and coal have always been cheaper than oil and canvas. And it’s the same today, in many sketchbooks slumber true treasures. Isn’t the margin of your notepad embellish? Sometimes I scribble something on my writing pad during a phone call. Little pictures, letters ornaments or something else. My doodeling doesn’t make any sense, but it’s fun. I take everything for my personal smearing: pen, ballpoint, biro, pencil…

I think it's obvious which is my favorite pen
I think it’s obvious which is my favorite pen

I draw, therefore I am.

Lorenzo Ghiberti described drawing as the origin and foundation of every form of art. I have no degree in art history, but this thesis seems very logical.

Disegno. The art of drawing for the XXI Century. Hrsg. Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Michael Hering William Forsythe
Disegno. The art of drawing for the XXI Century.
Hrsg. Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Michael Hering
William Forsythe

Content

The structure of the art book keeps a long story short, I really enjoyed it. Everything is put in a nutshell. The essays are very short and the prologue introduces the topic. 13 artists and their artworks are presented in a short matter. Among the 13 artists are famous ones such as William Forsythe, Jürgen Krause, Friederike Feldmann, Ines Beyer und Rei Naito.

Disegno. The art of drawing for the XXI Century. Hrsg. Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Michael Hering
Disegno. The art of drawing for the XXI Century.
Hrsg. Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Michael Hering

I draw, therefore I live.

I like this art book because of its cover and the linen binding. Both perfectly match each other in dark blue. It’s not a typical cover. There two covers you have to flip open, that makes it very special. The book is bilingual (German and English). The short essays unbundle the artwork of the artists.

Disegno. The art of drawing for the XXI Century. Hrsg. Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Michael Hering Friederike Feldmann
Disegno. The art of drawing for the XXI Century.
Hrsg. Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Michael Hering
Friederike Feldmann
Something I missed? The exhibition! Yes, this artbook is a perfect exhibition guide for “Disegno”. You can see the exhibition until March 29 at the Kupferstich-Kabinett in the Residenzschloss. If I would go through the exhibition without any explanation I would understand nothing. But you can read this little catalogue during your visit. The descriptions are one pagers, so it’s the perfect size.

After I have read the catalogue, I will check out my own drawing talent again. 😉

I don't often painted with chalk.
I don’t often painted with chalk.
#artbook | „DISEGNO. Zeichenkunst für das 21. Jahrhundert“

#language | German & English

#publishing house | Kerber Verlag

#ISBN | 978-3-7356-0181-0

#pages | 128

you can get your copy here.

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