Chris Hammerlein, Don't Look, 1999. Ink and crayon. Collection of Martina Yamin.
“Don’t Look.” Contemporary Drawings from an Alumna’s Collection (Martina Yamin, Class of 1958)
Sep 19 - Dec 9, 2007

A paper conservator trained in the “Wellesley Method,” Martina Yamin has been steadily collecting contemporary drawings for some time. Her New York townhouse is filled top to bottom with drawings by established and emerging artists, including Marlene Dumas, Willie Cole, R. Crumb, Barry McGee, Chun Seong, Danica Phelps, Roxy Paine, Kara Walker, Tony Oursler, Alison Strafella, Ernesto Neto and Kiki Smith. In recent decades, the practice of drawing has increasingly come to play a major role in the work of contemporary artists, who have shifted the terrain of drawing and redefined its parameters. The exhibition will explore the revitalized state of drawing from multiple angles, looking at subject matter, conceptual frameworks, materials and formats, as well as the sensibility of the collector and the force of the marketplace.

Elizabeth Wyckoff
Former Curator of Prints and Drawings