curated by Charlie Finch, George Negroponte and Robert Storr
May 29 - August 9, 2003
Drawing and line are the most basic and elemental means of communication, which from the beginning of human expression have continued to remain vital to art making in all media. It seemed only fitting then to employ the most recent high technology of virtual space and inaugurate our new website by having it couple with, amplify and link to a gallery exhibition, OnLine.
OnLine includes selected works by 38 artists in the Gallery with additional works by each artist viewable and available only on the Gallery's website, serving as a digital extension of the exhibition as well as a kind of cyber-catalogue.
To reach a wider community, we solicited the assistance of Charlie Finch, consummate gallery goer, sharp-eyed and true-tongued pundit for Artnet.com, co-author of "Most Art Sucks" and former New York editor of Coagula Art Journal and radio host for WBAI-FM "Artbreaking". Charlie, in turn, asked long time friends and colleagues, George Negroponte and Robert Storr, to collaborate.
George Negroponte is president of The Drawing Center, with which he has been closely associated since 1982, as well as a painter represented by Jason McCoy Inc, New York. He has been a lecturer at Princeton University and an instructor at Parsons School of Design and The New York Studio School, and has served on the Visual Arts Panel of The New York State Council on the Arts.
Robert Storr is an artist, lecturer, critic, curator, and contributor to many publications and author of numerous catalogues and books. In 2002 he was appointed the first Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art at the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University. Previously, he was the senior curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He is the curator of a major exhibition on Max Beckmann scheduled at the Museum of Modern Art from June 26 – September 29, as well as Site Santa Fe's Fifth International Biennial, opening in July 2004.
With three guest curators and over three dozen artists, the notion of line and drawing has been interpreted broadly and diversely. The result is all-encompassing and includes the gestural and outlined, the ephemeral and emphatic, as well as the abstract, architectural and figural; however the essence of creativity holds the line and is clearly apparent both at the Gallery and online.