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Gray Foy: Drawings 1941-1975


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Wielding a razor-sharpened pencil with surgical precision, mid-century American artist Gray Foy created a visionary body of drawings from 1941 to 1975--work then highly respected and collected by museums nationwide. Yet by the time of his death, in 2012, Foy's reputation as an artist had fallen into obscurity. The discovery in his estate of a large cache of his drawings, most hidden away in drawers and closets, prompted a research project aimed at reintroducing his work to the narrative of American art. That five-year effort culminates with the publication of this book. Born in 1922 in Dallas, Foy spent his youth in Los Angeles and went on to study art at Southern Methodist University in Texas and Columbia University. His drawings appeared in numerous group exhibitions (including several Whitney Annuals), and he received a Guggenheim Fellowship.Foy's drawings are executed with a draftsmanship whose meticulously detailed qualities challenge the viewer's visual acuity. His early work, related to both Magic Realism and Surrealism, conveys affinities with artists as varied as Salvador Dali and M.C. Escher, and is characterized by complexly interwoven compositions in which human figures, flora and fauna, and terrains and interiors morph into vivid dreamscapes. His mature drawings focus on botanical and geological forms in the process of transformation, metaphorically suggestive of the passage of time and the mutability of perception.
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