"Compass in Hand: Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection" is MoMA curator Christian Rattenmeyer's selection of 250 works from the over 2,500 drawings amassed by Rothschild Foundatoin trustee Harvey S. Shipley Miller and donated en masse to the museum in 2005. Miller and associate André Schlechtriem conceived the collection as a comprehensive survey of contemporary drawing practices; Rattenmeyer has chosen 185 heavy hitters out of its 650-plus artists. Published in-house by MoMA, the 320 page, hardcover catalog features 408 color illustrations of works by a divergent group of practitioners ranging from R. Crumb and Neo Rauch to Gehard Richter and Peter Doig, along with younger artists such as Nate Lowman, Karen Kilimnik, Tacita Dean, and Christian Holstad.
Having designed publications for Art in General, Creative Time, the Whitney Museum, and Phaidon, among others, 2009 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award finalists Project Projects have rendered an unwieldy amount of visual information into an beautifully elegant, yet navigable publication that privileges the work over typographic trickery -- academics and other research-oriented readers will be undoubtedly thrilled by its usability, even though the book is light on text. "Compass in Hand: Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings" is also available as a boxed set, partnered with "The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection: Catalogue Raisonné," which provides a complete overview of the collection.
["Compass in Hand: Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings," By Christian Rattenmeyer. Interview with Harvey S. Shipley Miller by Gary Garrels, New York, Musuem of Modern Art, 2009; 408 pages, $65.00; boxed set, $120.00]