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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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. 😉
#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.