William N. Copley et al.

Closer to Life: Drawings and Works on Paper in the Marieluise Hessel Collection (group show)
CCS Bard galleries, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
26 June – 17 October 2021

CCS Bard celebrates its 30th anniversary with Closer to Life, an exhibition of over forty artists of drawings and works on paper from the Marieluise Hessel Collection.

The exhibition of over 75 drawings and works on paper spans more than four decades of collecting by philanthropist, Marieluise Hessel, who co-founded the Center for Curatorial Studies in 1990. Closer to Life tracks a life of collecting that spans periods of Hessel’s life spent in Germany, Mexico and the United States. Accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog that documents the entire collection of more than 300 works on paper, the exhibition presents highlights that reverberate with questions of gender, sexuality, race and politics often through personal expression and individual concerns. Revisiting different artistic periods and contexts, the exhibition draws out both contrasts and comparisons between artists, modes of representation and the continuing vitality of drawing (and paper) as an artistic medium.

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