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Roy Lichtenstein, Study for Artist's Studio with Model, 1974.

Cleveland

Drawing Modern: Works from the Agnes Gund Collection

Cleveland Museum of Art
11150 East Boulevard
October 26–January 11

Drawings aren’t what they used to be—they’re better. No longer cabinet pieces for connoisseurs, they’ve become full-scale exhibition wonders. A theme developed on paper, Jasper Johns’s Savarin, for example, stands up to its relations in oil or bronze. Techniques applied on paper have amazing flexibility, encouraging imaginative liberties and novel kinds of finesse. Agnes Gund’s collection includes radiant collages by Anne Ryan and Ellsworth Kelly—one pictorial, the other structural. Chuck Close’s color separations and Richard Serra’s densely pressed Paintstik each push the paper medium further, beyond pictorial and structural distinctions. See it all in Gund’s hometown, curated by the museum’s Carter Foster and Jeffrey Grove.