Group exhibition curated by Zhang Enli reveals "Drawing On The Mind" at Hauser & Wirth


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Phyllida Barlow, Zurich drawings 12, 2016, Acrylic on watercolour paper, 41.5 x 48.4 cm

© Phyllida Barlow. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography.

Beginning 23 September, Hauser & Wirth presents ‘Drawing On The Mind’, a group exhibition curated by Chinese contemporary artist Zhang Enli. On view through 27 November, the exhibition includes selected works by Modern and Contemporary masters, including Louise Bourgeois, John Chamberlain, Alexander Calder, Arshile Gorky, Piero Manzoni, Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso, David Smith, Zeng Fanzhi, and Zhang Enli himself, revealing the thinking processes of the artists, and offering a glimpse into the subconscious of their minds.

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John Chamberlain Estate, Bossy Flossie Posse, 1990, Painted and chromium-painted steel, 23.2 x 37.5 x 12.4 cm© 2021 Fairweather & Fairweather LTD / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy the John Chamberlain Estate and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Thomas Barratt.lowres jpg 72dpi-HOLZE81009_001.jpg

Jenny Holzer, CIA:, 2016, Graphite and watercolour on vellum, 60.3 x 45.7 cm

© (2021) Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Jake Forney.

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Fausto Melotti, Campo di violette (Violets’ Field), 1968, Brass, 33.2 x 17.2 x 17.2 cm

© Fondazione Fausto Melotti, Milano. Courtesy Fondazione Fausto Melotti, Milan and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Jon Etter.lowres jpg 72dpi-480793.jpgHenry Moore, Idea for Sculpture: Head, 1969/1977, Charcoal, ink and chinagraph on paper, 25.4 x 17.6 cm© The Henry Moore Foundation / DACS, London. Courtesy Henry Moore Family Collection and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: John Jones.

Zhang Enli said, ‘Artists’ sketches and drawings are often regarded as preparatory artworks, and can get overlooked. While in fact, they are significant works that related to the artists’ thinking process, they are the reflections in the artists’ subconscious.’ Echoing the coinciding Henry Moore solo exhibition, Enli added, ‘Compared to his most known sculptures, works in this presentation are more abstract and freehand style, they awaken our curiosity and provide us a new perspective to understanding the artist.’

About the exhibition

Dates: 23 Sep – 27 Nov 2021

Venue: Hauser & Wirth, Hong Kong

Address: 15-16/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong

Courtesy Hauser & Wirth.