The Primacy of Drawing: Histories and Theories of Practice (Hardback)
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The Primacy of Drawing: Histories and Theories of Practice (Hardback)

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Hardback 524 Pages / Published: 07/05/2010
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In this important and original book, Deanna Petherbridge-herself a practicing artist-affirms the significance of drawing as visual thinking in western art from the 15th century to the present. Scrutinizing a wide range of drawings, Petherbridge confirms a long historical commitment to the primal importance of sketching in generating ideas and problem solving, examines the production of autonomous drawings as gifts or for pleasure, and traces the importance of the life-class and theories of drawing in the training of artists until well into the 20th century. She also addresses the changing role of drawing in relation to contemporary practice and its importance for conceptual artists working in a nonhierarchical manner with a multiplicity of practices, techniques and technologies. In addition to analyzing specific works by Leonardo, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Goya, Picasso, and other great draftsmen, Petherbridge pays close attention to those artists traditionally regarded as "minor" because of their graphic elaboration or involvement with caricature and play, as well as to the important contribution of women artists in the 20th and 21st centuries. Responding to the vibrant rediscovery of drawing as significant practice in studios, exhibitions, and art schools, Petherbridge proposes an ambitious and novel agenda for the study and enjoyment of drawing.

Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300126464
Number of pages: 524
Weight: 3334 g
Dimensions: 279 x 241 x 51 mm


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"This beautifully produced book greatly expands the nature and ambition of most drawing exhibition catalogues. Petherbridge combines the keen eye of a curator with the sensitivity and technical understanding of a practicing artist. . . . This handsome volume is a delight to peruse and a rich resource for anyone interested in drawing."-W. E. Wallace, CHOICE -- W. E. Wallace * CHOICE *
"A dazzling selection."-Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle -- Kenneth Baker * San Francisco Chronicle *

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