Drawing Then: Innovation and Influence in American Drawings of the Sixties

Dominique Lévy, New York

January 27 - March 26, 2016

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Drawing Then: Innovation and Influence in American Drawings of the Sixties (2016) investigated revolutionary developments in drawing that emerged in the United States during a decade of radical social and political upheaval. Curated by Kate Ganz, Drawing Then coincided with the 40th anniversary of the 1976 exhibition Drawing Now, organized by Bernice Rose at Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Drawing Then filled Dominique Lévy’s gallery space with more than 70 works by 39 artists, almost half of whom were not represented in the 1976 exhibition. Drawing Then featured loans from the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, among other institutions. It included works from the private collections of artists Mel Bochner, Vija Celmins, Jasper Johns, Adrian Piper, and Dorothea Rockburne. Drawing Then also presented two wall drawings installed on the occasion of the exhibition: the first, Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing #20, composed of systematically drawn colored pencil lines, was realized in Drawing Then for the first time since its debut at Dwan Gallery in 1969. On the gallery’s second floor, Mel Bochner installed his less structured Superimposed Grids, originally conceived in 1968.

Selected Artworks

    • Mel Bochner
    • Superimposed Grids (Blue), 1968
    • Blue powder pigment on wall
    • Dimensions variable
    • Eva Hesse
    • No Title, 1965
    • Watercolor and ink on paper
    • 12 × 9 inches (30.5 × 22.9 cm)
    • Lee Bontecou
    • Untitled, 1964
    • Graphite and soot on paper
    • 22½ × 28½ inches (57.2 × 72.4 cm)
    • Cy Twombly
    • Untitled, 1960
    • Pencil, oil-based house paint, wax crayon, and ballpoint pen on paper
    • 19⅝ × 27½ inches (50 × 70 cm)