Roni Horn: When I Breathe, I Draw

Roni Horn: When I Breathe, I Draw

by Michelle White


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Describing drawing as her “primary activity,” for over thirty years Roni Horn (b. 1955) has created innovative and experimental works on paper marked by both conceptual and technical complexity. This carefully curated survey of the artist’s drawings from the early 1980s through 2016 explores works revolving around the mutability of identity and the fragility of place, time, and language; it also delves into Horn’s unique approach to mark-making and her process of cutting up and reassembling words and images. With sumptuous illustrations, this catalogue features an insightful look at and selected details of Horn’s large-scale—sometimes over ten feet tall—works on paper; the artist’s series of cadmium red drawings; and her cut-and-pasted word drawings that combine well-known literary texts by Gertrude Stein and William Shakespeare with colloquial expressions. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300233155
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 03/12/2019
Series: Menil Drawing Institute Series
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 762,590
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Michelle White is senior curator at The Menil Collection, Houston. 

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