“Under Cover: Artists’ Sketchbooks”

Pxc"Art — like music, physics, literature, dance, and other creative pursuits —
rarely springs forth from the imagination in its final form. Ideas pop up,
thoughts come to mind, and the artist reaches for pencil and notebook to set
something down in its rawest form, to remember it, to start playing around with
it. Bruce Chatwin was famously attached to his moleskin-covered notebooks and
Mont Blanc fountain pens, the young Keith Haring filled sketchbooks with logos
of bands including the Grateful Dead and Led Zeppelin, and Woody Guthrie
committed not only lyrics but also cartoons, watercolors, and pen-and-ink
drawings to his journals. Harvard’s Fogg Art Museum has nearly 150 artists’
sketchbooks in its collection ranging from the 18th century to the 1990s, but
these fragile volumes — curved from transport in artists’ back pockets, weak
where pages have been torn out — are rarely put on view, so with more than 70
sketchbooks and 45 drawings, “Under Cover: Artists’ Sketchbooks,” which opens at
the Fogg on August 1, provides an uncommon chance to peek at preliminary
drawings and notes by the likes of Jean-Honoré Fragonard, John Singer Sargent,
George Grosz, and Henry Moore. Intact sketchbooks will be shown open to a
particular page, alongside drawings that the Fogg acquired after they had been
removed from their original books."

By Randy Hopkins

“Under Cover: Artists’ Sketchbooks” at Fogg Art Museum, 32 Quincy St,
Cambridge | August 1–October 22 | 617.495.9400 or www.artmuseums.harvard.edu|

[Thanks Chris!]

2 thoughts on ““Under Cover: Artists’ Sketchbooks”

  1. I adore your book….I am sure I would really like to have you for a friend. I also love magic laterns and really appreciat all of your art. I seem to like everything that you did and I don’t even know what woolgathering or bogging means. I started taking drawing and watercolors in October. My dream is to have a journel as nice as yours, except prissier . Thank you

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