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 an aesthetic authority and metaphorical weight that is as unique as it is symbolic, transcending time and place in favour of a celebration of things eternal. Ranging from the intense drama of his sculptures and installations from 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 to the poetic intimacy of his recent works on paper, his practice can be described as a journey toward enlightenment, full of reprises and returns as well as new beginnings.
This new volume includes reproductions of forty-four sculptures created between 1988 and 2007 and twenty-six works on paper that offer a representative survey of Drew’s artistic development. The images are complemented by two scholarly essays, an annotated chronology, and selected bibliography.
Claudia Schmuckli is the inaugural curator-in-charge of Contemporary Art and Programming at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and was formerly director of Blaffer Gallery, the Art Museum of the University of Houston.
Allen S. Weiss teaches in the departments of Performance Studies and Cinema Studies at New York University.