Pushing paper: Contemporary drawing from 1970 to now


A fascinating new exploration of drawing through the artwork of contemporary artists from across the globe, published to coincide with a UK touring exhibition that begins at the British Museum.


ISBN: 9780500480540 Category:


Focusing on 56 selected works from the 1970s to today, Pushing paper examines why drawing has endured as a method of making art, and explores the vital and fundamental nature of drawing through themes such as systems and process, identity, place and space, time and memory, and power and protest. These broad themes allow for original connections to be made between images, which will inspire all practitioners of drawing.

Supported by the Bridget Riley Art Foundation, the book showcases work by major contemporary artists from around the world, including Phyllida Barlow, Louise Bourgeois, Judy Chicago, Adel Daoud, Richard Deacon, Tacita Dean, Peter Doig, Tracey Emin, Richard Hamilton, Jacob El Hanani, David Hockney, Ellen Gallagher, Andrzej Jackowski, Anish Kapoor, Anselm Kiefer, Minjung Kim, Marcia Kure, Nja Mahdaoui, Sol LeWitt, Bahman Mohassess, David Nash, Eduardo Paolozzi, Cornelia Parker, Grayson Perry, Gerhard Richter, Bridget Riley, Susan Schwalb, Hamid Sulaiman, Imran Qureshi, Hajra Waheed and Rachel Whiteread, as well as exciting works by lesser-known artists.

Aimed at admirers of drawing, and artists and students alike, Pushing paper provides an arresting analysis of the status of drawing in the world of contemporary art.

Additional information

Weight 540 g
Dimensions 24.8 x 22 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 2 December 2019
Number of pages 128
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Edited by Isabel Seligman
Dimensions 24.8 x 22 cm
Weight 540 g


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Isabel Seligman is the Bridget Riley Art Foundation Curator at the British Museum. She is the author of Lines of thought: drawing from Michelangelo to now and contributed to The American Dream: pop to the present.