Hook, Line and Sinker
Contemporary Drawings from the Collection of Debra and Dennis Scholl

The Oxford English Dictionary defines our contemporary understanding of the word “draw” as “to form a line by drawing a tracing instrument from point to point of a surface.” A drawing is “an arrangement of lines which determine form.” But the root of the word in Old English, dragan, meant to pull or drag; in other Teutonic tongues it indicated to carry or bear something.

Hook, Line & Sinker is an exhibition of drawings construed in the widest sense, an anthology of practices deployed by artists to configure the world, examples of the singular discipline that underlies every other way of making a mark in the world. All of visual art sits atop a line, even if one is not visible within the work itself; a line is present if for no other reason than all art has a boundary, a frame, an ending where it abuts the rest of the world. That’s because lines are the fundamental fact of vision, which at all times seeks to define what is seen.

Based in Miami, Debra and Dennis Scholl have been fearless and strategic collectors of contemporary art for 35 years. This exhibition, organized by the Nevada Museum of Art and accompanied by an illustrated catalogue, offers viewers an opportunity to expand their understanding of how drawing is defined in the 21st century. From Alice Channer’s Untitled (hair clips), to Jason Hedges’ Caymus and caymus special select cabernet sauvignon, experimental art-making materials abound in this selection of 40 works by 18 artists.

Sponsored by Enid A. Oliver, ChFC/Ameriprise Financial. Supporting sponsorship by Sotheby’s, with additional support by Stremmel Gallery.

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  • Educators' Evening: Hook, Line and Sinker

    Thursday February 7, 2013 / 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

    Local educators are invited to a special reception featuring Hook, Line and Sinker: Contemporary Drawings from the Collection of Debra and Dennis Scholl. Join Charles N. Mathewson Curator of Education Colin M. Robertson for an introduction to this exciting exhibition.

    Light refreshments will be served and registered participants will receive materials for use in the classroom based on themes found in the exhibition. Please note, classroom resources will be designed for K-6th grade, though may be adapted for other grades.

    Reserve a space for this event by emailing Jacque Dawson. Please include your name, school and grade level.

    Space is limited and preference is given to Northern Nevada public school teachers. Private and home school educators will be registered as space permits.

    Attendance to the reception is FREE for educators, thanks to the generosity of The Nell J. Redfield Foundation.

  • Drawing Today: Local Artists Discuss the Art of Drawing

    Friday February 22, 2013 / 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

    Local artists discuss drawing as a medium, as a mode of artistic expression, and a way of expressing and thinking visually. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Hook, Line & Sinker: Contemporary Drawings from the Collection of Debra and Dennis Scholl.

Julie Mehretu, Untitled, 2006. Acrylic ink on paper, 27 x 34 inches. Collection of Debra and Dennis Scholl.

Aaron Angell, Dead Lamb, 2012. Colored paper, glue, sanded wall. Dimensions Variable. Collection of Debra and Dennis Scholl.

Contemporary Drawings from the Collection of Debra and Dennis Scholl