Dear colleague

I thought you might be interested in our new website Drawing Matter. Developed out of the collection of Drawing Matter Trust, it provides an open resource and discussion platform. The site contains an interesting cross-section of architectural drawings (periods/authors/types), which are added to each week, together with written commentaries. 

At the Courtauld Gallery of Art there is Drawing Matter exhibition running until January 8th, A Civic Utopia: Architecture and the City in France, 1765–1837, and a book based on the exhibition.

On January 14th there will be a one day colloquium at St Catherine's College, Oxford, entitled Architecture and Geology. Invited speakers include Lucia Allais, Anne Bordeleau, Martin Bressani, Kurt Foster, Adrian Forty, Timothy Hyde, Lauren Jacobi, Marrikka Trotter. Details will be available shortly on our website.

Dr Helen Mallinson
Editor Drawing Matter

Paul Robbrecht

Paul Robbrecht, Aue Paviljoenen, project B, DM 2731B.3 IN SET

‘Watercolour is not the traditional medium one associates with architectural plans, particularly those that are realised in built form. I believe this is what caught my eye while searching for a drawing by Walter Pichler and instead discovered a portfolio of drawings by Paul Robbrecht.’ – Rosemary Willink on Paul Robbrecht. See our other Drawings of the Week.

A Civic Utopia: Architecture and the City in France, 1765–1837

Civ Ut Courtauld exb photo 8

This exhibition considers the place of architecture in establishing the notion of public life. It brings together an outstanding selection of architectural drawings of public building and public space in France that pursued the Enlightenment idea of a ‘scientific’ city, expressing rational, hygienic and symbolic expressions of an ideal civic life. Essays, case studies and a selection of drawings are available in the book A Civic Utopia: Architecture and the City in France, 1765–1837, by Basile Baudez and Nicholas Olsberg.

Some Thoughts on Sheds

Winslow Homer, Backyard Summer

‘In English language culture there are a few benign readings... but the domestic or agricultural shed is primarily associated with something sinister and often violently erotically charged, or associated with loneliness, secrecy, hiding, exclusion, psychic disturbance and desperation...’ A response by Nicholas Olsberg to Sheds: Palaces of Nothing curated by Alexander Brodsky and Robert Mull. 

Drawing Matter

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