Vitamin D

New Perspectives in Drawing

A global survey of drawing today featuring over 100 emerging artists.

Introduction by Emma Dexter


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About the book

Vitamin D offers a fresh and pioneering overview of the current state and underlying significance of drawing as an artistic medium. It highlights the originality and innovation with which contemporary artists in the genre - from across the world and in a vast variety of contexts - experiment with a diversity of styles and statements.

Vitamin D features the work of 109 up-and-coming artists, selected by some of the world's foremost critics and curators of today for their unique outlook. It is in itself an artistic compilation of the endless possibilities that drawing offers an artist from any background.

This book is a captivating composition of examples of the evolution of drawing in the twenty-first century. It reveals the energy of contemporary drawing, in a subtle presentation of the richness and versatility of the medium. With several pages dedicated to images of each artist's work and a deeply analytical parallel text, Vitamin D is at once a detailed reference book for art world afficianados and an absorbing introduction for newcomers to the scene.

Astonishingly up-to-the-minute, highly informative and aesthetically stimulating, this book is an essential work in its own right, through its exposition of just how fundamental an artistic medium drawing continues to be.

In The Press
'Big, sexy, gorgeously produced … there are many examples of drawing’s special faculty to act as a conduit of individuality … a great introduction to 109 new worlds made intimate through the innate qualities of drawing.' (Adam Dant, artist, RA (Royal Academy of Arts) magazine)
'Handsomely produced ... Many radical experiments in modern art occurred first in drawings. The efficiency of drawing for expressing thought and feeling, combined with the simplicity and cheapness of materials, make it attractive to the itinerant, the impoverished and the introspective, in other words to many contemporary artists ... the quality of the work is extraordinarily high.' (Robert Malbert, Times Literary Supplement)

About the author(s)

Emma Dexter is Senior Curator at Tate Modern, London. She was co-curator of the exhibition 'Cruel and Tender: The Real in the Twentieth Century Photograph'. Other recent shows include a retrospective of Luc Tuymans, 'Pin-up: Contemporary Collage and Drawing', and a special installation by Bruce Nauman in the Tate Modern's Turbine Hall as part of the museum's ongoing Unilever series.

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