Author(s): Emma Dexter
A global survey of drawing today featuring over 100 contemporary artists Vitamin D offers a fresh and pioneering overview of the current state and underlying significance of drawing as an artistic medium. It highlights the originality and innovation with which contemporary artists in the genre - from across the world and in a vast variety of contexts - experiment with a diversity of styles and statements. Vitamin D features the work of 109 contemporary artists, selected by some of the world's foremost critics and curators for their unique outlook. It is in itself an artistic compilation of the endless possibilities that drawing offers an artist from any background. This book is a captivating composition of examples of the evolution of drawing in the twenty-first century. It reveals the energy of contemporary drawing, in a subtle presentation of the richness and versatility of the medium. With several pages dedicated to images of each artist's work and a deeply analytical parallel text, Vitamin D is at once a detailed reference book for art world aficianados and an absorbing introduction for newcomers to the scene. Highly informative and aesthetically stimulating, this book is an essential work in its own right, through its exposition of just how fundamental an artistic medium drawing continues to be.
"Big, sexy, gorgeously produced... a great introduction to 109 new worlds made intimate through the innate qualities of drawing." -Royal Academy of Arts magazine "Handsomely produced ... the quality of the work is extraordinarily high." -Times Literary Supplement
Emma Dexter is Senior Curator at Tate Modern in London. She was co-curator of the exhibition Cruel and Tender: The Real in the Twentieth Century Photograph. Other recent shows include a retrospective of Luc Tuymans, Pin Up: Contemporary Collage and Drawing, and a special installation by Bruce Nauman in the Tate Modern's Turbine Hall as part of the museum's ongoing Unilever Series.
Artists Featured: D-L Alvarez, Francis AlA s, Ryoko Aoki, Kaoru Arima, Silvia Bachli, Devendra Banhart, Anna Barriball, Shannon Bool, MichaA"l Borremans, Andrea Bowers, Jesse Bransford, Fernando Bryce, Cai Guo-Qiang, Ernesto Caivano, Los Carpinteros, Raimond Chaves, Sandra Cinto, Russell Crotty, Roberto Cuoghi, John Currin, Amy Cutler, Jeff Davis, Tacita Dean, Trisha Donnelly, Marlene Dumas, Sam Durant, Marcel Dzama, Memed Erdener, Simon Evans, Simon Faithfull, Spencer Finch, Urs Fischer, Roland Flexner, Ellen Gallagher, Matt Greene, Joseph Grigely, Anna Sigmond Gudmundsdottir, Daniel Guzman, Sebastian Hammwohner, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Bjorn Hegardt, Arturo Herrera, Nobuya Hoki, Christian Holstad, Huang Yong Ping, Dean Hughes, Gareth James, Yun-Fei Ji, Chris Johanson, Kerstin Kartscher, William Kentridge, Toba Khedoori, Dr. Lakra, Michael Landy, Ricardo Lanzarini, Graham Little, Mark Lombardi, Mindaugas Lukosaitis, Marco Maggi, Frank Magnotta, Mark Manders,Yuri Masnyj, Dominic McGill, Julie Mehretu, Jean-Francois Moriceau and Petra Mrzyk, Claudia and Julia Muller, Dave Muller,Vik Muniz, David Musgrave, Wangechi Mutu, Yoshitomo Nara, Paul Noble, Jockum Nordstrom, Glexis Novoa, Roman Ondak, Robyn O'Neil, Gabriel Orozco, Pavel Pepperstein, Peter Peri, Dan Perjovschi, Raymond Pettibon, Elizabeth Peyton, Chloe Piene, Fernando Renes, Robin Rhode, Matthew Ritchie, Frances Richardson, Serse, Silke Schatz, Anne-Marie Schneider, Steven Shearer, David Shrigley, Simone Shubuck, James Siena, Shahzia Sikander, Lucy Skaer, Torsten Slama, Josh Smith, Zak Smith, Nedko Solakov, Hayley Tompkins, Susan Turcot, Banks Violette, Amelie von Wulffen, Kara Walker, Olav Westphalen, Richard Wright, Katharina Wulff, Daniel Zeller