Standing Figure 2, 2021

Claudette Johnson, Standing Figure 2, 2021 (left); and Standing Figure 3, 2021. Sharjah Art Foundation Collection. Photo: Andy Keate


The first installment in a four-part series, this exhibition spotlights new and historical works from the Sharjah Art Foundation Collection that present the expanded range and possibilities of drawing as a practice.

Beginning with explorations of colour, texture, and material, Drawing Time expands to consider the purpose of line, movement, performance and gesture across multiple forms of media.

In this evolving exhibition and research project, drawing and print culture are examined in relation to contemporary artistic practices that are deeply rooted in centuries of Afro-Asian history.

Drawing Time: Duets, the first chapter, delves into the concept of the double, the pair, the rejoinder. Here, acts of repetition accumulate through a custom-designed scenography where a crooning duet weaves visitors across the expanse of a century in time.

The exhibition is curated by Dr Omar Kholeif, Director of Collections and Senior Curator of Sharjah Art Foundation.