Drawing in the Present Tense
Claire Gilman, Roger Malbert
Thames & Hudson, 2023
Drawing in the Present Tense explores the variety of ways in which contemporary artists from around the world have come to approach drawing as the primary element of their practice. One which is autonomous: an end in itself, rather than a means to an end in another, more substantial medium. In an era of advanced technologies where image production has accelerated―potentially beyond the capacity of human attention―what values can be attributed to the slow, deliberate process of drawing by hand?
The artworks featured in this volume are not confined to traditional tools; one can also draw on a computer, tablet, or smartphone, and examples of this are incorporated into the narrative as one mediumamong many. Sections are grouped thematically by specific approaches, including abstraction and figuration, nature and artifice, social observation and critique. With essays and spreads for each section, the book’s selection of seventy contemporary international artists of diverse backgrounds and experience includes not only recognizable names such as Michael Armitage, Camille Henrot, Robert Longo, Amy Sillman, and Kara Walker, but also a host of emerging talents.
Beautifully presented in a visually appealing and tactile format with the feel of an artist’s portfolio, this is an inspiring overview of the best drawing practice today.