This exhibition features some 100 works on paper that explore the expressive potential of the human body. In this richly varied presentation, viewers will find portraiture, social satire, narrative, fantasy, and erotica in mediums ranging from crayon, ink, and graphite to watercolor, pastel, and collage. The drawings span more than a century of artistic experimentation, beginning with an exquisite charcoal study of a bather by the French Impressionist Edgar Degas, executed around 1900, to a biting parody of The Wizard of Oz made in 2015 by the Minnesota-based Anishinabe artist Jim Denomie. Because many of the drawings are part of a gift to the Walker from an important private collector, the exhibition is not only a presentation of virtuoso artworks but also a testament to the pleasure of building a collection and the rewards of sharing it.
Among the 73 artists in the exhibition are Max Beckmann, Chuck Close, Brett Cook-Dizney, Willem de Kooning, Edgar Degas, Jim Denomie, Otto Dix, Marlene Dumas, Arshile Gorky, David Hockney, Jasper Johns, William Kentridge, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Paul Klee, Gustav Klimt, René Magritte, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Elizabeth Peyton, Pablo Picasso, Sigmar Polke, Egon Schiele, Ben Shahn, Zak Smith, Rosemarie Trockel, Kara Walker, and Andy Warhol.
Contains mature content.
Curator: Joan Rothfuss, guest curator, Visual Arts