Barbara Bernstein's "Drawing a Breath" featured in Essay Collection

A collection of ten essays, Drawing in the Twenty-First Century: The Politics and Poetics of Contemporary Practice (Ashgate, 2015) edited by Elizabeth A. Pergam, a professor in Sotheby’s Master’s program, examines how drawing has been defined over time and how its particular qualities (line, immediacy, reticence of materials) have great appeal to contemporary artists who have moved the medium way beyond paper and pencil.

The diverse group of artists sited includes Monika Grzymala, Sophie Calle, Andrea Bowers, Ellsworth Kelly and VCCA’s own Artist in Residence Barbara Bernstein who also wrote the essay, "Drawing a Breath" in which, she proposes “that we consider drawing as a phenomenological way of being in the world, a philosophical investigation of experience.”


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