Drawing On The Mind

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Open: Tue-Sat 11am-7pm

15-16/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Open: Tue-Sat 11am-7pm


Drawing On The Mind

to Sat 27 Nov 2021

15-16/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road, Central Drawing On The Mind

Tue-Sat 11am-7pm

‘When an artist takes a pen and makes a few strokes at random, or uses some scraps of wood to stain some color, we call them sketches. Some works are indeed painted by the artist casually, but this kind of carelessness reveals their subconscious, allowing them to overflow the boundaries of their thinking. From some early drawings, we can often find clues about the development of the artist’s later work. These occurrences are the reasons why artists cherish such works on paper and sculptures, as shown in this exhibition.’— Zhang Enli, 2021

Curated by Zhang Enli

Hauser & Wirth presents ‘Drawing On The Mind’, a group exhibition curated by Chinese contemporary artist Zhang Enli. On view through 27 November, the exhibition includes selected works by Modern and Contemporary masters, including Louise Bourgeois, John Chamberlain, Alexander Calder, Arshile Gorky, Piero Manzoni, Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso, David Smith, Zeng Fanzhi, and Zhang Enli himself, revealing the thinking processes of the artists, and offering a glimpse into the subconscious of their minds.


Zurich drawings 12, 2016

Acrylic on watercolour paper
41.5 x 48.4 cm / 16 3/8 x 19 in
© Phyllida Barlow. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography

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Bossy Flossie Posse, 1990

Painted and chromium-painted steel
23.2 x 37.5 x 12.4 cm / 9 1/8 x 14 3/4 x 4 7/8 in
© 2021 Fairweather & Fairweather LTD / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy the John Chamberlain Estate and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Thomas Barratt

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CIA:, 2016

Graphite and watercolor on vellum
60.3 x 45.7 cm / 23 3/4 x 18 in
© (2021) Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Jake Forney

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No title, 1962-1963

Pen, ink and crayon on paper
27.2 x 34.2 cm / 10 3/4 x 13 1/2 in
© The Estate of Lee Lozano. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography Zürich

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Campo di violette (Violets’ Field), 1968

33.2 x 17.2 x 17.2 cm / 13 1/8 x 6 3/4 x 6 3/4 in
© Fondazione Fausto Melotti, Milano. Courtesy Fondazione Fausto Melotti, Milan and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Jon Etter

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Idea for Sculpture: Head, 1969, 1977

Charcoal, ink and chinagraph on paper
25.4 x 17.6 cm / 10 x 6 7/8 in
© The Henry Moore Foundation / DACS, London. Courtesy Henry Moore Family Collection and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: John Jones

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Untitled, 1964

Spray enamel on canvas
31.6 x 30.6 x 2.6 cm / 12 1/2 x 12 x 1 in
© 2021 The Estate of David Smith / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Courtesy the Estate and Hauser & Wirth

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Echoing the coinciding Henry Moore solo exhibition, Enli added, ‘Compared to his most known sculptures, works in this presentation are more abstract and freehand style, they awaken our curiosity and provide us a new perspective to understanding the artist.’

Quotes from Exhibiting Artists on the Creative Process

Phyllida Barlow (b. 1944, United Kingdom)
‘…I think there’s a lot [about the art world] that’s not entirely spoken about or recognized, which is the unseen and the unknown and the creative act as a deeply private experience. There is this great, powerful desire to just create something.’ (2021)

Fausto Melotti (1901-1986, Italy)
‘An artist’s work – poetry, painting, music – always has a ‘chance’ beginning. Then development makes a suggestion, and paves the way towards a law within which it rests and is fully defined.’ (1971)

Bharti Kher (b. 1969, United Kingdom)
‘You don’t realise that pages can mark you. It’s not just you that marks paper with line, touch, stroke, or scratch. Drawing can be self-conscious—except when you don’t fear the page. You don’t want the paper to lie, or to misconstrue you. If you appear at the time to be hesitant, then the paper knows and the better option is to free that page and erase the moment of the memory by re-marking it. Somehow, this knowing also stains the hand, and that marks a space too between a good drawing and a bad one. It’s like the pencil has been told what to do; the hand knows and the paper listens.’ (2013)

Paul McCarthy (b. 1945, United States)
‘If I draw in character, I will make different decisions than I would as Paul. And doing drawings with someone else completely alters the situation and the result. The other character is free to disrupt it, to talk, or whatever. They are also in character. (…) I am not interested in realism in relationship to the characters. They were hybrid hyper-realities.’ (2020)

Installation View, ‘Drawing on the Mind,’ curated by Zhang Enli. Hauser & Wirth Hong Kong 2021. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Kitmin Lee

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