Untitled (days for drawing)

Adam Pendleton

Untitled (days for drawing), 2022

As the title indicates, these drawings are a counterpoint to the Untitled (Days) paintings. With an analogous spirit of exploration, they use familiar forms (circles, semicircles, ovals) to build a geometry of attention that is repeatedly interrupted by painterly incident: brushstrokes, drips, splatters, sprays. Where these drawings diverge from painting, however, is in their pictorial and temporal space. Their visual rhythm has the unmistakable quickness of drawing, driven by spontaneity and happenstance, while the method of their making produces a visual tension between foreground and background, with translucent marks laid down in a sequence that is often impossible to discern.

His work is held in public collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; the Dallas Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; the National Gallery of Canada, Ottowa; and Tate Modern, London.