Drawing 2014 is curation project that explores and showcases the history of drawing in India over the last 67 years. This project’s aim is to create a visually exciting and art historically rich exhibition of drawing. The project also seeks to create a pedagogic space, which holds the possibility for theorizing an important but under-studied practice in post-Independence art making. Over the last two decades, the categories of “Modern” and “Contemporary” have been debated variously in the art world. This curation project is engaged with the prospect of creating a platform where these debates are historicized and contextualized in the context of viewing and thinking with the work of canonical artworks and unorthodox artworks and artists. Drawing 2014 maps the multiple routes that the skill of drawing has traveled and celebrates seven decades of experimentation. Renu Modi established Gallery Espace in 1989 by with an exhibition o fautobiographical
works of M.F.Husain. The gallery has been showcasing prominent Indian artists over the past 25 years, periodically presenting drawing as a complete or a processual art
form. One major group show was Drawing 94, curated by Prayag Shukla in 1994, which was accompanied by a book. Other important drawing group shows include The Lyric
Line (2006) and Keeping Drawing (2008). Drawing Trails (2009) was an exhibition of Nilima Sheikh’s works on paper and Conscious – Sub-conscious, a special project by
Manjunath Kamat in 2o1o in which he made spontaneous drawings on the gallery’s walls.