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"Embracing Modernism: Ten Years of Drawings Acquisitions 

February 13 through May 24, 2015

This exhibition marks the 10th anniversary of the Morgan Library & Museum’s pivotal decision to collect and exhibit modern and contemporary drawings. Long noted for its holdings of Old Master drawings, the Morgan over the last decade has been able to acquire hundreds of exceptional works by some of the greatest artists of our time. The show will include more than ninety drawings created between 1900 and 2013 by artists from Matisse, Mondrian, and Schiele to Pollock, Warhol, Lichtenstein, Twombly, and—more recently—Kippenberger and Dumas.

Curated by Isabelle Dervaux, who has guided the Morgan’s acquisitions and exhibition program in this area since her appointment as the first curator of modern and contemporary drawings at the Morgan in 2005, the show will propose a reflection on twentieth-century drawing, looking notably at the characteristics that define its modernity in relation to the historical tradition.

Embracing Modernism: Ten Years of Drawings Acquisitions is made possible by the Ricciardi Family Exhibition Fund and the Rita Markus Fund for Exhibitions.

Image Caption:

Roy Lichtenstein (1923–1997), No Thank You! (Study), 1964, graphite and colored pencil on wove paper, The Morgan Library & Museum. Gift of James and Katherine Goodman, 2011.40. Photography by Graham S. Haber, 2013. © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein.”


Ten years of drawing acquisitions, right up to 2013, and this is the face of the collection. It’s incredibly depressing for a wide variety of reasons. No thank you, indeed.

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For a project entitled 2D Or Not 2D, Russian make-up artist Valeriya Kutsan teamed up with photographer Alexander Khoklov and photo editor Veronica Ershova to recreate famous two-dimensional artwork by legendary 20th century artists, such as like Roy Lichtenstein and Piet Mondrian, on three-dimensional faces. The results are absolutely stunning.

"Kutsan’s skillfully handled make-up brushes produced images that straddle the second and third dimensions—in some cases, the models look more like flat, illustrated versions of themselves instead of living flesh-and-blood."

Visit Design Taxi to view more striking pieces from 2D Or Not 2D and click here to watch a trailer for the project.