The primacy of drawing: histories and theories of practice
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.
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The Primacy of Drawing: Histories and Theories of PracticeUser Review - Book Verdict
Artist Petherbridge explores the many facets of drawing in this extensive and thoroughly researched volume. She considers the idea that drawing is the basis of all art and visual thinking and examines this art form not chronologically but thematically. She ascribes to traditional art history, studying iconology and social history, but reframes it in relation to the terms of drawing practice in what she calls a "trans historicism," making unexpected connections outside of categories of periodization. For example, in her chapter on drawing strategies, when focusing on the economy of form in drawing, Petherbridge compares the precise and clean outlines used by both Ingres and Matisse to achieve similar formal effects. In chapters such as "Drawing as Discipline" and "Drawing the Self," she compares drawings from different artists and periods to illustrate similar iconographic and formal issues. VERDICT This well-thought-out and intelligent book is recommended for anyone interested in drawings or the practice of drawing.—Sandra Rothenberg, Framingham State Coll. Lib., MA
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Delicious. Will be reading this for a long time.