• Lily van der Stokker, Art by older people (70 + 72), 2001, colored pen and pencil on wall, 8 1/4 x 15 3/4".

    Lily van der Stokker

    Museum Arnhem
    Utrechtseweg 87
    February 1–March 23, 2003

    Before he’d ever been so honored, Ed Ruscha declared famously in a drawing: I DON’T WANT NO RETROSPECTIVE. In this first survey of Lily van der Stokker’s drawings, there’s one that happily notes: GOING BACKWARDS IS A MOVEMENT TOO. The sentence perfectly captures how van der Stokker entwines pathos and deadpan humor. Although she’s best known for site-specific wall paintings, matter-of-fact statements delivered in curlicues of florid abundance, drawings are at the very heart of her work. They form a visual diary that’s emotion specific. A guilty pleasure? Contributors to a comprehensive book accompanying the show include an unrepentant John Waters and curator Mirjam Westen, who chose 250 drawings from almost a thousand made since 1987. Wow.