Works of every size and shape from dozens of artists crowd the walls of Gladstone Gallery’s West 21st Street space for “Drawing 2020,” a sprawling group show that surveys the state of drawing in the year 2020.
A similar show of drawings was first staged at Gladstone in 2000. 20 years on, many of the same artists, including Matthew Barney, Carroll Dunham, and Cecily Brown, have returned for “Drawing 2020.” Joining them are newer names like Jill Mulleady, Derrick Adams, and Ian Cheng. As a whole, the exhibition makes a strong case that drawing, even in the digital age, remains raucous and revolutionary.
Wangechi Mutu, Dark Portrait I, 2020. Ink and soil on watercolor paper, 24 x 18 inches. Courtesy of Gladstone Gallery.