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Feb 01

Opening Celebration, “Drawing Now” Maine College of Art, ICA | 522 Congress St. 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Drawing Now Opening Celebration on February 1, 2019, 5pm-8pm

Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at Maine College of Art (MECA), 522 Congress St., Portland, ME

This exhibition runs January 17th–March 22nd, ICA hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 11am-5pm, Thursdays extended util 7pm, and First Friday Art walk until 8pm

This show marks The Drawing Collective’s first exhibition in the United States

Following exhibitions in Paris and Sydney, the international Drawing Collective’s first U.S. exhibition “Drawing Now” will be on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at Maine College of Art (MECA)

The Drawing Collective is comprised of 30 artists from eleven countries who all share the practice of abstract drawing. Its founder, Munira Naqui, a Portland-based artist, and Bruce Brown, Curator Emeritus Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) are co-curators of “Drawing Now.” Erin Hutton, Director of Exhibitions at ICA at MECA, is the organizer of the exhibition.

The Drawing Collective’s work expands upon a rich intellectual and aesthetic history of abstract drawing. Said Brown, “Descendants of Bauhaus, De Stijl, Réalities Nouvelles and Art Concret, their work represents a contemporary continuum of research in the formal purity of abstraction.”

“The core of the Collective’s work lies in the inter-connectivity of artists separated by geographical, linguistic and cultural barriers,” stated Naqui, who was born in Bangladesh, studied in Moscow and came to the US in 1982. A resident of Maine since 1993, she was inspired to launch the collective while discussing with artist friends in Paris several years ago the role of abstract drawing in contemporary practice and the possibility of using it as a common ground to connect with artists spread across the world.

“It is an honor for the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art to present The Drawing Collective’s first exhibition in the United States,” said Hutton. “Their devotion to the exploration of new strategies and methods is in alignment with our mission.”

Image: Anne Brochot, Untitled, ink on Bristol paper, 42” x 29.7”, 2018 – Image Courtesy of the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art