How are our judgements about art affected by our knowledge of the artist’s name and background? How is the value of a drawing determined? Where is the border between art and non-art?
The exhibition ANONYMOUS DRAWINGS 2022 features 600 drawings by 600 international artists presented with no mention of authorship or title and offered for sale at a symbolic price of 250€ each. The identity of the artist is revealed only after the work is sold: Sold drawings will be taken right off the wall and the empty space left behind will be marked with the artist‘s full name and place of origin. The given unit sales price should not be seen as a real market price, but as a conceptual place holder for any conceivable amount of money in the art market.
The exhibition was preceded by an international, open call for participation. There were no guidelines specifying content; only a formal rule: the only requirement was that the drawings are no bigger than A3. Biographical details of the participants were not requested and played no role in the selection process, which was also carried out anonymously. The Berlin artist and project founder Anke Becker selected 600 works from over 3000 online submissions and, in collaboration with the artists Inken Reinert and Veronike Hinsberg, combined them into a collective work of art for the exhibition.
ANONYMOUS DRAWINGS is conceptual art and an exhibition project all in one: the works of the participating artists become part of a large wall installation; a hierarchy-free homage to the diverse medium of drawing.
Exhibition June 18 – August 24, 2022