“Drawing Now”

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Drawing has a genealogy, suggests MoMA guest curator Laura Hoptman: Variously appreciated and dismissed in different periods, the medium has played a changing role for artists and audiences to go along with the changing contexts of art production. For example, she asserts that Florentine connoisseurs prized the Renaissance masters’ primi pensieri, while “presentation drawings” were highly valued in the eighteenth century. Fast-forwarding a couple centuries, she tells us we’ve witnessed another significant shift in just the past few decades. When Conceptualism and Minimalism came to the fore, drawing became valued for its relative ephemerality, almost always associated with the artist’s gesture—with “making” or, to use a loaded term, with “process,” regardless of whether the artist’s action scarred the land or stroked the paper. Then in the ’90s, a new breed of draftsman appeared on the

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