Drawing Room presents Drawing Biennial 2013

Drawing Room presents Drawing Biennial 2013 an exhibition and auction of over 200 specially made drawings by an international line-up of artists. 18 April–15 May 2013
Final silent and online auction: 15 May, 6–9pm.

Paul Noble, Plinth & Sculpture, 2013. Pencil on paper, 24 x 30 cm.

Paul Noble, Plinth & Sculpture, 2013. Pencil on paper, 24 x 30 cm.

Now firmly established in the art world calendar, Drawing Room’s Drawing Biennial 2013 exhibition and auction is an essential destination for collectors, artists, critics and curators who wish to see the latest developments in contemporary drawing practice and pick up a unique work of art that represents outstanding value for money.

Drawing Room Directors invite artists to make an original drawing in any medium on an A4 sheet of paper. The range of artists who have contributed demonstrates the crucial role that drawing plays in contemporary art and further endorses Drawing Room as a leading institution for contemporary drawing internationally.

Some of the highlights this year include Fiona Banner’s Snoopy Baron Drawing; Paul Noble’s Plinth and Sculpture that offers a rare opportunity to purchase a drawing relating to his Nobson Newtown series; Michael Landy’s Poverty, Chastity and Obedience, which forms part of his new body of work that explores the saints and their attributes which he is undertaking whilst in residence at the National Gallery; and Paula Rego’s Nursing Practise, an exquisite drawing depicting a pair of lovers.

Mark Wallinger’s unique Labyrinth drawing continues the theme of his current Art on the Underground public art commission. Canadian Geoffrey Farmer offers a collage that relates to his major installation The Surgeon and the Photographer, currently on view at the Barbican. Bob & Roberta Smith, better known for his political placards and posters, presents a drawing Save Old Flo, illustrating the recent threatened sale of Henry Moore’s sculpture in the east end of London.

Of particular interest in 2013 is the opportunity to see (and buy) works on paper by contemporary creatives who are not known for their drawings such as architect David Chipperfield (nominated by Peter St John, Caruso St John), who has contributed a spontaneous working drawing from his design for Fayland House, Buckinghamshire, and Jedi Chef from St John’s chef Fergus Henderson. Damien Roach’s sculptural drawing MMM, is a meticulously drawn crumpled cheeseburger wrapper and Simon Faithful offers a digital drawing of Whatever I’m looking at, when the successful bidder calls him. Also included are artists who rarely make available their drawing, including Ed Atkins, who works primarily with high-definition video and writing, Haroon Mirza, light and sound installation, and Tai Shani, performance.

From a starting price of 250 GBP, the format of the silent auction means anyone can bid (either online, on the phone or in person) for an original work of art, whether it is a first-ever purchase, or an acquisition for a major collection.

Among the 220 artists contributing this year are David Austen (UK), Salvatore Arancio (I), Brígida Baltar (BR), Fiona Banner (UK), Anna Barham (UK), Anna Barriball (UK), Becky Beasley (UK), Andrea Bowers (US), Pavel Buchler (UK), Kit Craig (UK), Angela de la Cruz (UK), Richard Deacon (UK), Marcel van Eeden (NL), Nogah Engler (IL), Haris Epaminonda (CY), Geoffrey Farmer (CA), Antony Gormley (UK), Anthea Hamilton (UK), Mona Hatoum (UK), Arturo Herrera (DE), Susan Hiller (UK), Brian O’Doherty (IR/US), Michael Landy (UK), Mateo Lopez (CO), Haroon Mirza (UK), David Musgrave (UK), Paul Noble (UK), Cornelia Parker (UK), Elizabeth Price (UK), Paula Rego (UK), Tobias Rehberger (DE), Bob & Roberta Smith (UK), Julião Sarmento (PT), Matt Saunders (US), George Shaw (UK), Raqib Shaw (UK), Mark Wallinger (UK), Franz Erhard Walther (D), Claudia Wieser (DE), Uwe Wittwer (CH), Bill Woodrow (UK), Alison Wilding (UK), Rose Wylie (UK), and many others.

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