new-york

Jules Olitski, Sol LeWitt, Brice Marden, Agnes Martin, David Novros, Eva Hesse, Jan Dibbets and Dorothea Rockburne

Bykert Gallery

The Group Drawing Show at the Bykert Gallery demonstrates that drawings are still of major importance to artists. But, for the most part, there was a lack of energy and involvement in the work, almost as if they were shown because of a moral attachment to the activity even when not essential to the other forms of an artist’s work. Where drawing is a fundamental element, as in Oldenburg’s baroque forms or Olitski’s brushed lines, the graphic qualities of traditional drawing are retained throughout. Otherwise it seems necessary to transform drawing, as LeWitt has done, into a self-sustained body of work.

In the Bykert show, only Brice Marden and, to some extent, Agnes Martin, push drawing, as a form important in itself, to particularly rich conclusions. Marden uses simple geometric divisions of black and white, black and black, or white on white, building them up with graphite and wax until

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