Drawings by Sculptors
Permanent Collection Exhibition
November 8, 2014 to October 25, 2015
Drawing is a vital practice for sculptors, providing an essential approach to “thinking on paper,” as Alice Aycock has observed. Aycock’s work hovers at the border of art and science and she uses drawing as the laboratory for developing the multi-layered complexities of her three-dimensional work. A series made in the 1980s references the format of traditional board games, seen here in The Celestial City Game, inspired by an eight-century illuminated manuscript for Jerusalem. The sculptor Alan Saret works with a variety of common, flexible materials like colored, vinyl-coated copper wire and lets the material itself find its own expressive form. His gestural drawings describe the volumes of these works in billowing, transparent shapes. Joel Shapiro’s drawings are not studies for sculptures but are used by the artist to extend investigations of shape and form in two dimensions. Like his three-dimensional work, these works on paper use an economy of line.