Israel Museum Presents Exhibition of Drawings by Joshua Neustein

. June 11, 2012

Neustein: Drawing in the Margins, a new exhibition of 75 works spanning 45 years of Israeli artist Joshua Neustein’s career, has opened at The Israel Museum. On view through October 27, 2012, the exhibition explores how Neustein’s work undermines conventional approaches to drawing, and crosses over into the fields of philosophy and linguistics.

Neustein: Drawing in the Margins deals with the essential physicality of drawing, penetrating the pictorial surface with inserted layers and internal interventions and spaces. The works on display were created using materials as varied as carbon copy paper, tissue, polyurethane, bubble wrap, holograms, video, aluminum sheets, string, magnets, steel wool, sound tracks, steel brushes, erasers, performance, and photos. Neustein’s drawings do not deal with social issues, isms, identity, personal testaments or romantic postures; and figurative and narrative content has evaporated, so that what remains is fundamental, irreducible drawing.

Neustein, who divides his time between New York and Tel Aviv, is highly regarded for his role at the forefront of the environmental and conceptual art movements. The first artist to recycle his own artifacts in his work, Neustein was also an early creator of images based on language. He opens the way to new drawing, contending that drawing is the most fertile, responsive and exciting art practice today. His drawings collapse conventional thinking about drawing and address its constituent materials and process of formation, while his practice engages the discourse of modernism and a redefinition of postmodern references.
Neustein: Drawing in the Margins is curated by Meira Perry-Lehmann, Michael Bromberg Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings. –

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