Synopses & Reviews
An up‐to‐the‐minute survey of contemporary drawing featuring 115 artists from around the world, Vitamin D2
allows the reader to look at the medium in detail and study drawing’s unique properties in relation to itself, to contemporary art and to the world at large.
The first volume of Vitamin D, published in 2005, inaugurated a vibrant period for drawing. Since its publication, a new generation of artists has engaged with drawing in innovative ways, and Vitamin D2 introduces these artists to the world.
Drawing continues to be a key element of contemporary artistic practice, and Vitamin D2 presents the outstanding artists who are currently pushing the boundaries of the medium. Over 70 international critics, artists and curators have nominated the 115 artists featured here, all of whom have made a fresh, unique or innovative contribution to recent drawing. All of the artists in Vitamin D2 have recently emerged onto the international scene, and none appeared in the first Vitamin D.
An introduction by Christian Rattemeyer provides a broad overview of recent developments in the medium while also looking towards its future.
"This handsome sequel to Phaidon's 2005 contemporary drawing survey, Vitamin D, is a generous overview of the last eight years in drawing, a medium traditionally perceived as playing a lesser role in visual art, but one that, nevertheless, carries spontaneity, humor, and political bite traits that characterize this broad and richly illustrated volume. Nominated by 78 curators, critics, art historians, and museum and gallery directors, the 115 represented artists (some emerging, some established) convey the limitless possibilities of the medium, not to mention the staggering diversity of recent art. Neal Fox's massacred Disney characters appear alongside Richard Forster's photorealistic sketches of Dresden and Vidya Gastaldon's La Tentation de St. Antione, which could be an illumination from a psychedelic children's Bible. Other artists dramatically widen the category, such as performance artist Nikhil Chopra, who is pictured smeared in charcoal, splayed on the ground, and wearing a tutu and heels. The artists in the book hail from over 40 countries, making the volume broader in international scope than its predecessor. Rattemeyer, associate curator of drawings at MOMA, writes that since 2005, the 'dichotomy of Western normalcy and non-Western exception... has unfolded into a more global dialogue.' As a result, 'drawing is regaining a political urgency.' 500 illus. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Christian Rattemeyer is Associate Curator of Drawings at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His writing has been published in numerous exhibition catalogues and art magazines, including Parkett, Texte zur Kunst and Artforum.