Jacob Lawrence. Street Shadows. 1959. Tempera on gesso on board, 24 × 29 7/8″ (61 × 75.9 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Ellen Kern in memory of her parents, Lewis and Jewel Garlick. © Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence, courtesy the Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation

Over the past year the Department of Drawings has actively sought purchases and gifts of new works for the collection, including drawings by many artists not represented in the department or the Museum before now. This exhibition includes works from the past sixty years by well-known artists such as Willem de Kooning, Ellsworth Kelly, Jacob Lawrence, Jim Nutt, Martin Puryear, Gerhard Richter, and Robert Smithson, among others. Another emphasis is work by contemporary artists from the United States, Europe, and Latin America, among them Janine Antoni, John Currin, Ellen Gallagher, Glenn Ligon, Juan Muñoz, Elizabeth Peyton, Kara Walker, and Andrea Zittel. Figurative and abstract works small and large, executed in a broad variety of materials, exemplify the diversity and vitality of drawing in the art of the past sixty years.

Organized by Gary Garrels, Chief Curator, Department of Drawings, and Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture.

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