The exhibition “…Line as Thought, Lines as Universe …” at Salzburger Kunstverein, Austria, is examining contemporary drawing practices in comparison with some pioneers of abstract drawing from the past several decades. The exhibition concept was first inspired by drawings made by the late Romanian artist, Alina Popa. During an illness and leading up to her death in 2019, Alina Popa produced an incredible body of drawings that profoundly depicted her experience. The other exhibited drawings in the exhibition veer into various conceptual and expressive directions, exploring the potential that drawing as an art form presents for depicting the inexpressible and the intangible, as well as circumnavigating ideas, space and the unknown in visual form, and ultimately testing the limits of language and thought.

With work by William Anastasi, Nina Canell, Carlfriedrich Claus, Attila Csörgö, Christoph Fink, Habima Fuchs, Nikolaus Gansterer & Alex Arteaga, Monika Grzymala, Morgan O‘Hara, Karel Malich, Isabel Nolan, Alina Popa, Stuart Sherman.

Curated by Séamus Kealy and Nikolaus Gansterer.

Soft opening on Friday 19th of February between 15:00-19:00. The finissage and presentation of the exhibition catalogue with a round table discussion involving some of the artists and writers Ann Cotten and Klaus Speidel is scheduled for Friday 23rd of April 2021.

‘Line as Thought, Lines as Universe’, 2021, Exhib.Cat., Seamus Kealy (ed.), Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg.
220 x 155 mm, colour illustrations, 72 pages, German/English.
With texts by Ann Cotten, Klaus Speidel, Seamus Kealy and conversation between Seamus Kealy and Nikolaus Gansterer.
ISBN 9783901264733

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