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Exhibition Review – Pushing paper: contemporary drawing from 1970 to now at the British Museum from 12 September 2019 to 12 January 2020

The British Museum has co-curated an exhibition with partner museums from around the UK to display and then tour contemporary artworks from its Prints and Drawings collection. The exhibition entitled Pushing paper: contemporary drawing from 1970 to now illustrates the breadth and quality of the Museum’s collection of modern art.
The exhibition of 56 works showcases the astonishing diversity of contemporary drawing over the last fifty years, with works by established artists such as David Hockney, Rachel Whiteread, Sol LeWitt, Anish Kapoor, Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry, as well as works by emerging artists like Hamid Sulaiman and Rachel Duckhouse. Many of these pieces will be on public display for the first time, including work by Gwen Hardie, Jonathan Callan and Jan Vanriet.
Even in a digital world, drawing is still popular with many artists for experimentation and using the medium as a means to examine the modern world. The exhibition is grouped into thematic areas examining Identity, Place and Space, Time and Memory, Power and Protest, and Systems and Process, and explores the different artists use the medium of drawing as a means of artistic expression.

Highlights of the exhibition include:

Maggi Hambling’s My Mother Dead (1988)
Grayson Perry’s Untitled (1985)
Edward Allington’s Leicester (2005)
Judy Chicago’s piece Driving the World to Destruction (1983).
Minjung Kim’s Mountain (2009)
This fascinating free exhibition explores the ways that drawing as a medium has developed in many areas in the late 20th century/ early 21st century. What was mostly associated with artists experimentation and preparation for paintings has now developed into many other areas. The diverse works in the exhibition by many well known artists show this process at work.
After its run at the British Museum , Pushing paper will go on to travel to four UK venues from February 2020 to March 2021: The Oriental Museum in Durham between 29 February and 17 May 2020, Pier Arts Centre in Stromness on 13 June until 5 September 2020, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea from 19 September until 29 November 2020, and finally Cooper Gallery in Barnsley between 9 December 2020 and 6 March 2021.
Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended 

For more information and tickets, visit the British Museum website here

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