Arno Kramer – On the Place of Contemporary Drawing – Talk Dublin

September 28, 2016 – September 28, 2016

Visual Artists Ireland

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Arno Kramer & his work at Ballinglen FoundationThis talk is open to VAI members and other visual art professionals interested in hearing about Arno’s approach to drawing as an artist and as a curator of drawing.

Arno says I would like to show images from special drawings, relevant at this time, discussing content and scale of the works for example. The talk will be related to overviews of shows I have curated during several years such as Into Drawing, Into Irish Drawing, All About Drawing and exhibitions at the Drawing Centre Diepenheim, The Netherlands.

It is no exaggeration, I believe, to claim that contemporary drawing has received more attention in exhibitions. With publication of books like Vitamin D 1 and 2, Drawing People, Walk the line, Drawing. The bottom line and more, there is also attention internationally.  Nevertheless this is only happening the last five years and there still is the lingering general impression that museums and art galleries have displayed little appreciation of contemporary drawing for a long period. Of course, institutions that have amassed a considerable collection of drawings, have placed this work on show with reasonable regularity, but mainly on a modest scale and usually in the Print Galleries of these museums. In my opinion, for a period, too few attempts have been made to obtain a grasp on developments in the world of contemporary drawing.

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Arno Kramer works as a visual artist in The Netherlands and Ireland. He has curated various exhibitions, with a particular focus on drawing, including: Into Drawing Contemporary Dutch Drawing, which travel to five European countries. In January 2009 Into Irish Drawing was shown in Ireland and travelled to The Netherlands, France and Northern Ireland. In April 2011 All About Drawing 100 Dutch Artists was shown, an overview of 50 years of Dutch drawing.

Arno taught for 20 years at the AKI (Academy of the Visual Arts and Design) in Enschede, the Netherlands, and has been a guest teacher at art colleges in Ireland, Belgium, England, Scotland, and the USA. He publishes on visual arts and also writes poetry. He is currently the founder and first curator of the Drawing Centre Diepenheim in The Netherlands.

Arno’s own work has been shown in the Netherlands, England, the USA, Sweden, and Germany and is held in private and public collections in these countries. His work is also held in the collections of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; Teylers Museum Haarlem; Rijksmuseum Twenthe Enschede; Van Reekum Museum Apeldoorn; Fries Museum Leeuwarden and Stedelijk Museum Schiedam. Arno shows work regularly in the Green on Red Gallery Dublin and has had solo exhibitions in the Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray: Limerick City Gallery of Art; Galway Arts Centre; Roscommon Art Centre; Ballina Arts Centre; Model and Niland Gallery and West Cork Arts Centre Skibbereen.


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