Art Diary

Telling Stories: Resilience and Struggle in Contemporary Narrative Drawing

13 November 2020

While some museums are closed again due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Apollo’s usual weekly pick of exhibitions will include shows at institutions that remain open as well as digital projects providing virtual access to art and culture.

This display looks at the differing approaches taken by three contemporary artists to the genre of narrative drawing. Robyn O’Neil’s large-scale graphite compositions depict vast, forbidding landscapes – heaving oceans and desolate tundral wastes – populated by minute human figures; Annie Pootoogook’s colourful depictions of Inuit home life depict a culture in flux and challenge stereotypical depictions; and Amy Cutler’s magical realist fantasies conjure a fictional community of women living in hollowed-out tree trunks. The exhibition opens on 21 November (until 14 February); find out more from the Toledo Museum of Art’s website.

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An Unkindness (2019), Robyn O’Neil.

An Unkindness (2019), Robyn O’Neil. © Robyn O’Neil

Dr Phil (2006), Annie Pootoogook.

Dr Phil (2006), Annie Pootoogook. © Annie Pootoogook

Fossa (2016), Amy Cutler.

Fossa (2016), Amy Cutler. © Amy Cutler