Going Back to the Drawing Board

Have you seen the sketches and notes of the writer or director of a movie you truly love? It can make the movie deeper, clearer or more personal. The same goes for a song and its songwriter, or in this case, sculptures and their artist. Rachel Whiteread is a contemporary artist whose sculpture is widely revered and showcased. But her drawings? Those aren't so recognized. Though, that's not to say they shouldn't be. Nasher Sculpture Center director Jeremy Strick calls Whiteread one of the most significant artists of our time and refers to her drawings as an "exceptionally beautiful aspect of her work." Whiteread's drawings are at times weighted with acrylics and texture--sculptural in their own right--and at others, fragile yet bold sketches, but in all cases deeply personal and reflective. The Nasher presents Rachel Whiteread: Drawings through August 15. In the exhibition (the Nasher's first major exhibition of an artist not represented in its collection), visitors can peruse not only Whiteread's drawings, but also examples of her sculptural work, as well as a collection of her own found objects--ones that serve as much as "captured memories" as her drawings do. The Nasher Sculpture Center is located at 2001 Flora St. in the Dallas Arts District. It is closed on Mondays. Admission is $10, $7 for seniors and military and $5 for students with ID. Call 214-242-5100 or visit nashersculpturecenter.org.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: May 22. Continues through Aug. 15, 2010


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