Art: Glimpsing a Lost Atlantis

A show in New York City provides an elegant primer on drawing

The exhibition called "Reading Drawings" that is now on view at the Drawing Center in New York City is as elegant a teaching show as one might wish to see. Why study drawings at all?

Because they are often the clearest index to a painter's intentions; finished or fragmentary, they are the deposit left by the process of image forming, the residue of the darlings and probings that constitute pictorial thought.

Through them we are made privy to the sight of Rubens inventing half...

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