The Quay Brothers: The Black Drawings

Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1974-1977



ISBN: 9789491819803 Category:


The first in-depth exploration of Stephen and Timothy Quay’s Black Drawings.

In the mid-Seventies the influential stop-motion animators, Stephen and Timothy Quay, embarked on a series of dark graphite drawings, conceived as imaginary film posters. They kept their first autonomous art project hidden for decades, allowing only a few glimpses to transpire in some of their animation classics such as Nuctura Artificialia, Street of Crocodiles and their live-project Witold Lutoslawski – Paraphrase on: The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other. In hindsight, the Black Drawings can be considered as a blueprint for their future work. This book offers a first in depth exploration of this important graphic series that reveals many of the themes and techniques that would come to life in their celebrated animation films.

Additional information

Weight 1206 g
Dimensions 24.3 x 33.8 cm
Publisher name Ludion
Publication date 1 May 2018
Number of pages 120
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Edwin Carels
Dimensions 24.3 x 33.8 cm
Weight 1206 g
Edwin Carels is a teacher and researcher at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts KASK, Ghent (Belgium). He works, among others, for the International Film Festival of Rotterdam and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp (M HKA). He was co-author of Quay Brothers: On Deciphering the Pharmacist's Prescription for Lip-Reading Puppets, which accompanied the retrospective on the Quay Brothers in 2012. Michaël Borremans is one of Belgium's most influential painters. His solo exhibition 'As sweet as it get gets' (2014-2015) travelled to BOZAR, Brussels (BE), Tel Aviv Museum of Contemporary Art (IL) and Dallas Museum of Art (US). Tommy Simoens was Luc Tuymans's assistant for over ten years. He is now the director of the Tommy Simoens Gallery in Antwerp, working closely with conceptual artists such as Pavel Büchler, Yutaka Sone and Gert Robijns.