Claes Oldenburg, American, born Sweden, 1929
and Coosje van Bruggen American, born The Netherlands, 1942 - 2009
Pyramid of Pears and Peaches, Final Version, 1998
Charcoal and pastel on paper
Purchase with funds from Mr. and Mrs. J. Mack Robinson, 2002.260
© Oldenburg van Bruggen
Top Drawer was a selection of drawings from four of the High Museum's curatorial departments. Separated by centuries and continents, these diverse drawings were brought together by the unique insights each work brings into its creation.
The term "drawing" encompasses a varied set of techniques: objects in pencil, ink, pastel, watercolor, and combinations thereof fall into this category. Drawings also serve a variety of purposes: they act as finished works of art, as preparations for other artworks, or as sketches that translate the artist's thoughts onto paper.
This range of practices is united by a set of common characteristics. In contrast to many paintings, drawings reveal the nature of their own making. Each mark exists as a record of the artist's gesture, and in looking, the viewer can trace the movement of the artist's hand or body. Because of this, drawing has long been considered the most intimate of media. It has a sense of immediacy that other media lack, acting at times as a window into the artist's mind.
Top Drawer celebrated the versatility and time honored tradition of this act of mark-making through some of the best drawings in the High's permanent collection.