US Maps Drawn From Memory by Famous Artists

September 6, 2013 | Kyle Chayka

Sean Kelley Gallery’s upcoming exhibition From Memory: Draw a Map of the United States is a drawing project originally conceived and produced by Japanese artist Hisachika Takahashi in New York. In the early ’70s, the artist began requesting small drawings of the continental United States by his colleagues, recreated from memory on handmade Japanese paper.

Twenty-two of New York City’s most notable artists at the time participated — Joseph Kosuth, Laurence Weiner, Robert Rauschenberg and others. Many of these casual and informal works will surely provide a unique glimpse into the climate of the New York’s art world during much of the early seventies. Some are minimal and brutal. Some are funny. So, how did that one guy who took it very seriously and didn’t do anything clever with the map feel? From Memory: Draw a Map of the United States,” Sep 13 – Oct 19, Sean Kelley, Chelsea, NY (Images: Sean Kelley, hat tip Hyperallergic)