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Art Editorial

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‘Pushing Paper’ at the Oriental Museum in Durham illustrates how artists experiment with the power of paper to express their ideas as they drag the medium into exciting new directions.

Drawing is experiencing a resurgence in popularity as artists increasingly choose the medium as a means to examine the modern world, with topics ranging from explorations of gender and political activism to questions of belonging and human sexuality. This British Museum touring exhibition of 56 works showcases the astonishing diversity of contemporary drawing over the last fifty years, with graphic pieces by artists such as David Hockney, Rachel Whiteread, Sol LeWitt, Anish Kapoor, Tracey Emin, Grayson Perry and Richard Deacon (that’s his ‘Some Interference’, pictured), as well as exciting works by emerging artists like Hamid Sulaiman and Rachel Duckhouse. The exhibition highlights the breadth of quality of the British Museum’s collection of modern art, as well as its global scope.

Pushing Paper, 29 February-17 May, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham. dur.ac.uk/oriental.museum