By Any Means: Contemporary Drawings from the Morgan

18 January–12 May 2019

Exhibition Overview


Stephen Vitiello, Speaker Drawing (22.06), 2006, Pigment and spray fixative. The Morgan Library & Museum. Gift of an anonymous donor, 2012.41.

Contemporary approaches to drawing are often experimental and expansive. By absorbing and building upon the legacy of avant-garde experimentation in the first half of the twentieth century, artists from the 1950s to the present have pushed beyond the boundaries of traditional draftsmanship through their use of chance, unconventional materials, and new technologies. By Any Means brings together about twenty innovative works from the Morgan’s collection, including many recent acquisitions, by artists such as John Cage, Sol LeWitt, Vera Molnar, Robert Rauschenberg, Betye Saar, Gavin Turk, and Jack Whitten.

(Photography by Steven H. Crossot, 2014. Courtesy of the artist.)

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