April 18–June 6, 1999
Beginning April 18, visitors to P.S.1 will find the first, second, and third floor corridors of the building lined with drawings. A diverse collection, 100 Drawings includes work from the last twenty-five years by prominent, mid-career, and emerging contemporary artists. The exhibition begins with works by early Minimalist artists such as Sol LeWitt and Carl Andre; drawings by conceptual artists Lawrence Weiner, William Wegman, and Mark di Suvero, among others; and continues with recently celebrated artists Fiona Banner, Teresita Fernandez, Jutta Koether, and Tracey Emin. A substantial component of the exhibition is dedicated to emerging artists whose work reflects the sensibilities of the Generation Z exhibition, also opening April 18. Among this group of young artists are James de la Vega, Danica Phelps, Rob Pruitt, Amy Gartrell, and Olav Westphalen.
100 Drawings is the result of extensive research that involved more than 350 submissions, with recommendations coming from as far away as South America, Japan, and Germany. The exhibition reveals the critical connection between thinking and drawing and demonstrates the broad concept of drawing current in contemporary art. Sol LeWitt’s direct notebook studies of the cube contrast with Sung Baik’s computer renditions of cartoon characters laser-printed onto vellum. Fiona Banner’s written descriptions of Vietnam films and her recorded reading of these texts contrast with James de la Vega’s tape drawings and chalk axioms on the pavement in front of the museum.
Explorations of the abstract, figural, and architectural are evident throughout the exhibition. Brad Kahlhamer’s swirly animal creatures and Bill Copley’s shapes that morph into cartoon-like characters can be seen as building blocks for the witty figurative drawings of Tim Evans and Noah Wall. Geometry and architecture are introduced into the pink and yellow expanses in the work of Teresita Fernandez. Untraditional papers are found in Regina Silveira’s graph paper drawing, the encyclopedia pages of Andrew Zarou, and Arrow Muller’s use of Braille-making material to produce a series of tactile explosions and craters.
Artists featured in 100 Drawings include: Cecile Abish, Carl Andre, Brian Austin, Sung Baik, Fiona Banner, Helen Beckman, Bill Beirne, Billy Copley, E. F. Costa, James de la Vega, Jessica Diamond, Mark di Suvero, Tracey Emin, Tim Evans, Teresita Fernandez, Amy Gartrell, John Giglio, Robert Grosvenor, Karl Frederick Haendel, Eva Hesse, Nancy Holt, Patrick Ireland, Brad Kahlhamer, Kit Keith, Win Knowlton, Jutta Koether, Anne Kovach, Sol LeWitt, Jeanne Lorenz, Melissa Marks, Fabio Mauri, Mary Miss, Arrow Mueller, Forrest Myers, Max Neuhaus, Richard Nonas, Danica Phelps, Rob Pruitt, Miriam Reeders, Fred Sandback, Jovi Schnell, Simone Shubuck, Regina Silveira, P. Gibb Slife, Robert Smithson, Noah Wall, William Wegman, Lawrence Weiner, Barbara Weissberger, Olav Westphalen, Andrew Zarou.
100 Drawings is organized by Alanna Heiss with assistance from Josette Lamoureux and Ed Leffingwell. Special thanks go to all of the artists participating in the exhibition, and to Walter Abish, Paula Cooper Gallery, Deitch Projects, Virginia Dwan, Greene Naftali Gallery, Marian Goodman Gallery, Bill Maynes Gallery, and Derek Eller Gallery.