June 28th – September 20th 2019 : The Projective Drawing

Curator: Brett Littman

Kunihiko Moriguchi [Trésor national vivant], Monochrome 1 (détail), 2000, sketch made for the Kimono Hiryô-mon Scarlet Pentagons (private collection), felt pens on paper. © Courtesy of the artist


The Drawing Lab Paris is pleased to announce the upcoming group exhibition The Projective Drawing, curated by Brett Littman, Director of the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum and former Executive Director of The Drawing Center, New York. This exhibition was originally developed for the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York and was on-view from February to May 2018.

The exhibition is based on The Projective Cast, a book published in 1995 by architectural historian Robin Evans that defines a new way to explain how we “see” architecture by incorporating all sensations that underpin the human experience of built structures (mental, physical, and emotional). In The Projective Drawing, the curator Brett Littman applies Evans’ theory, which is skeptical of drawing as a way to understand architecture at its core, to challenge our understanding of how the medium of drawing operates in contemporary culture by highlighting artists whose drawings require viewers to activate a matrix of complex and nontraditional ideas in order to interpret the works on view.

The represented artists are the following:
Naomi B.Cook
William Cordova
Lionel Favre
Sara Flores
Brigitte Mahlknecht
Keita Mori
Master Moriguchi
Raha Raissnia
Judith Saupper
Leopold Strobl

Brigitte Mahlknecht, Fast Architektur #5, 2017, wax crayon on primed paper, 55,8 x 41,7 cm, © Olivier Lechat



Brett Littman, The Projective Drawing, 2019, © Olivier Lechat


Brett Littman is the Director of the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum in Long Island City, New York. He was the Executive Director of The Drawing Center from 2007 – 2018; the Deputy Director of MOMA PS1 from 2003 – 2007; the Co-Director of Dieu Donné Papermill from 2001-2003, and the Associate Director of UrbanGlass from 1996 – 2001. He also is the curator of Frieze Sculpture at Rockefeller Center (2019 and 2020) and received the Chevalier of the French Order of Arts and Letters in 2018.

His interests are multi-disciplinary. He has personally curated more than twenty exhibitions and overseen more than seventy-five exhibitions over the last decade dealing with visual art, craft, design, outsider art, architecture, dance, poetry, music, science, and literature. Littman is also an art critic and lecturer, an active essayist for museum and gallery catalogs and has written articles for a wide range of United States-based and international art, fashion, and design magazines and has been actively producing public programs since 2010 that explore the relationships between sound and art.


Friday, the 28th of June at 7pm: Brett Littman will discuss during the conference the origins and philosophy of the exhibition and how the concept of the projective drawing expands our interpretative understand of the medium.