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Leonardo Drew: Existed

Published by GILES in association with Blaffer Gallery, the Art Museum of the University of Houston


Published — (UK and USA)

Dimensions — 208 pages, 304 × 230 mm (9 × 12 in.), portrait

Illustrations — 110 colour and 35 b&w illustrations

Format — Hardback

ISBN — 978-1-904832-58-4

Book Details (pdf) — Leonardo-Drew-AI-LR.pdf

Press Release — Leonardo Drew: Existed

News  —  Two Leonardo Drew shows in New York

            —  New Leonardo Drew exhibition opens in London

            —  Existed: Leonardo Drew at deCordova

Sales Points

"Facing the difficult task of capturing works so large, so detailed, and so dependent on a close appreciation of their aggregation and texture, Existed comes through with flying colours." "A choice reference on the artist and his work", Katherine R. Lieber, Artscope.net

About the Book

Throughout his career, Leonardo Drew has been continuously engaged with the cyclical nature of existence. Made to resemble the detritus of everyday life, his formally abstract but emotionally charged compositions have a metaphorical weight that is as unique as it is symbolic. Often interpreted as a comment on the position of African-Americans in contemporary American society, his work transcends any specific historic and ethnic reference, and is deeply embedded in the theory and practice of mid-20th-century abstraction. Ranging from the intense drama of his sculptures and installations of the 1980s, to the epic sweep of his massive wall-bound tableaux in the 1990s, to the ethereal language of his paper casts of the early 2000s, his works transcend time and place. Add the poetic intimacy of his recent works on paper, and Drew’s practice can be described as a journey toward enlightenment, full of reprises and returns as well as new beginnings.

About the Author(s)

Claudia Schmuckli is director of Blaffer Gallery, the Art Museum of the University of Houston, before which she was assistant curator at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Her most recent project for the Blaffer was Amy Sillman: Suitors & Strangers (2007). Past exhibitions include Katrina Moorhead: A Thing Called Early Blur (2007) and Urs Fischer: Mary Poppins (2006); Allen S. Weiss is Associate Adjunct Professor, Performance Studies and Cinema, New York University. Recent publications include Breathless: Sound Recording, Disembodiment, and the Transformation of Lyrical Nostalgia (2002) and Feast and Folly: Cuisine, Intoxication, and the Poetics of the Sublime (2002)