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Michael Kimmelman | Quote

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"Drawing used to be a civilized thing to do, like reading and writing. It was taught in elementary schools. It was democratic. It was a boon to happiness." - Michael Kimmelman

from The New York Times, "An Exhibition About Drawing Conjures a Time When Amateurs Roamed the Earth." [ July 19, 2006 ]

Frank Lloyd Wright, "Guggenheim"

Frank Lloyd Wright

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“You can use an eraser on the drafting table or a sledge hammer on the construction site.”

Frank Lloyd Wright, “Guggenheim,” 1951 | Perspective | Pencil and colored pencil on tracing paper

“It was well known that Wright visualized the building in its entirety before he or his draughtsmen even put a line on paper. Wright’s perspective drawings were often begun using mechanical projection, which meant the building’s plan is place at the bottom at an oblique angle corresponding to the angle the perspective will be drawn. Next, a horizon line with vanishing points is established above the plan. Then vertical lines are drawn at the plan’s intersections, carried upward, establish the building’s corners. In this way, the renderer does not exaggerate the true proportions of the building, leading to a clarity not present in most typical architectural drawings.” (Read more on BeLoose)

Frank Lloyd Wright, “National Life Insurance Company Building, Chicago Project,” 1924-25 | Axonometric view | Colored pencil on tracing paper | 40 x 24” (101.6 x 61 cm)

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“Frank Lloyd Wright,” 1998 | A biography of the life and work of the American architect.
Documentary film directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
Frank Lloyd Wright, “The Mile High Illinois, Chicago Project,” 1956 | Pencil and colored pencil on tracing paper
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Leonardo da Vinci, Anatomical study of a human skull.

The Secret of Drawing | Ep.1, The Line of Enquiry

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This four part BBC series, presented by Andrew Graham-Dixon, explores how drawing has shaped our lives. Ep. 1 looks at artists who have chosen the natural world as their subject matter and explores how drawing has helped man to understand his place in the universe. The programme covers the Renaissance, the Eastern way, Turner, Constable and contemporary artists Anthony Gormley and Richard Long.

The Line of Enquiry
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Andrew Graham-Dixon takes a look at the many ways in which drawing has connected us with the natural world and also how it has helped advance scientific enquiry, from the Italian Renaissance right through to today. In this first edition, he meets a surgeon whose study of Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings of the heart has led him to develop a radical new form of cardiac operation, uncovers a remarkable 200 year-old series of drawings of the moon, and encounters some of the actual preserved birds drawn by the great American ornithologist John James Audubon.

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