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Viktor Deni, "1st May", poster 1929, lithography print
Soviet Propaganda and Anti-Religious Campaigns
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To win in the civil war, the sprouting Soviet power had to ensure it was supported by the workers and the peasants. How could they show the illiterate population that the Bolsheviks were on their side?

Njideka Akunyili Crosby, "Nwantinti," 2012.
Acrylic, charcoal, pencil color, collage and transfers on paper. 
5.57 ft. x 8 ft. [Photograph by Marc Bernier. Image Courtesy of the artist and Victoria Miro, London]
The Drawing Center/Le Prix Canson – 2016
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Inspired by a “shared passion for drawing and by their ambition to promote art to wide and diverse audiences,” the 2016 edition of the Prix Canson is a collaboration between Fonds Canson and The Drawing Center. The 2016 Prix Canson winner is Njideka Akunyili Crosby and the finalists are Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze, Bethany Collins, David Shrigley and Lucy Skaer.

32 Symbols found in Ancient Caves from Europe
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“I often find myself wondering what drove these people to go so deep to brave dangerous and narrow passageways to leave their mark?” – Genevieve von Petzinger

Gustave Dore, "Young Beggar," Pencil & Watercolor.
Paul Gustave Louis Christophe Doré
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Doré was born in Strasbourg on 6 January 1832. By age five, he was a prodigy troublemaker, playing pranks that were mature beyond his years.

Art and Architecture Building, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. Perspective section after 1964
Paul Marvin Rudolph
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“Nothing ever measures up to what I expect, nothing.” Paul Rudolph, “The Concourse, Singapore. Atrium. Aerial perspective”, 1981. The American…

Hieronymus Bosch, "The seven deadly sins and the four last things."
Hieronymus Bosch
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Hieronymus Bosch (1450 – 1516) was an Early Netherlandish painter. His work is known for its fantastic imagery, detailed landscapes, and illustrations of religious concepts and narratives. Within his lifetime his work was collected in the Netherlands, Austria, and Spain, and widely copied, especially his macabre and nightmarish depictions of hell.

Karl Friedrich Schinkel,"Der Brand von Moskau, 1812/1813"
Karl Friedrich Schinkel
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Karl Friedrich Schinkel (13 March 1781 – 9 October 1841) was a Prussian architect, city planner, and painter who also designed furniture and stage sets. Schinkel was one of the most prominent architects of Germany and designed both neoclassical and neogothic buildings.

Ernst Haeckel, Specimen of radiolaria (a type of marine Protozoa)
Ernst Haeckel
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Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919) was a German scientist and artist who discovered thousands of new species, described and named life forms, invented biology terms and wrote numerous scientific studies during his lifetime. He is best known for his beautiful scientific illustrations ranging from micro-organisms to human genealogical trees.

Blu | MUTO – Wall Painted Animation
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A short street-art film by Blu. An ambiguous animation painted on public walls. Made in Buenos Aires and in Baden (fantoche).

Hideki Inaba ( 稲葉 秀樹 ) | “Slowly Rising”
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“Slowly Rising,” directed by Hideki Inaba is the official music video for BEATSOFREEN.

James Gillray, "The Plumb Pudding in Danger."
The Secret of Drawing | Ep.2, Storylines
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This four part BBC series, presented by Andrew Graham-Dixon, explores how drawing has shaped our lives. Political cartoonist Martin Rowson explains how his savage commentaries on contemporary politicians are influenced by 19th century masters Hogarth and Gillray, and in a rare interview the American comic strip artist Daniel Clowes talks about what inspired his celebrated graphic novel Ghost World. Also covered, Misako Rocks!, J. Todd Anderson, Winsor McCay & Sylvain Chomet.

Drew Tyndell | “California Inspires Me: Reggie Watts”
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Drew Tyndell, “California Inspires Me: Reggie Watts.” California Inspires Me is a collaboration between Google Play and California Sunday Magazine.

Seth Boyden | “An Object at Rest”
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An Object at Rest follows the life of a stone as it travels over the course of millennia, facing nature’s greatest obstacle: human civilization.

“Cave of Forgotten Dreams” | Werner Herzog
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The essence of modern man is represented by the desire to make pictures, which is to think and feel abstractly about a beautiful, violent & spiritual world. “Maybe they in the future will find other caves with even older paintings and evidence of human and artistic work. But this is the first evidence of the modern human soul.” – Werner Herzog

Michael Kimmelman | Quote

"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 ]

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Frank Lloyd Wright, "Guggenheim"
Frank Lloyd Wright
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“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…” (BeLoose)

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. (BBC)

Anders Nilsen, Car Engine with Tires. Ink on Paper. 38" x 46"
Anders Nilsen
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“Anders Nilsen – Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow, Big Questions, Rage of Poseidon—is surely one of the finest cartoonists of the last decade. Big Questions won lots of awards and helped further the cause of the graphic novel’s literary worth when it came out in 2011. The fold-out book Poseidon is an object d’art in addition to being a multi-leveled parable of humanity and divinity.” (Comics Beat)

Iannis Xenakis, Notebook, 1959, spiral-bound notebook, 12 3/8 x 9 5/8 inches. (From Gallery Crawl)
Iannis Xenakis
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“Iannis Xenakis: Composer, Architect, Visionary explores the fundamental role of drawing in the work of Greek avant-garde composer Iannis Xenakis (1922–2001). A leading figure in twentieth century music, Xenakis was trained as a civil engineer, then became an architect and developed revolutionary designs while working with Le Corbusier.” (The Drawing Center, NYC)

Charles Burns Black Hole, Cover #7 (4)
Charles Burns
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“At the juncture of fiction and memory, of cheap thrills and horror, lies the dark world of Charles Burns’ art. His stories, appearing in alternative comics such as Raw since the early 1980s, take comic book clichés…” (The Comics Journal)

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