The exhibtion centrepiece, Cornish writes, "is a large abstract drawing by Linda Karshan but the rest is more strictly historical, stretching back to the sixteenth century... In some works in Lines Crossed the grid is simply a tool for squaring up a drawing in preparation for its transfer to a larger surface. Elsewhere the grid is perspectival, playing an active role in allowing the objects pictured to exist in an organised and convincing space."
Cornish continues by questioning how the grid functions in art in 2012: "Is it used by many artists simply as a way of ordering a surface with the minimum of fuss? Where it may have once seemed to suggest a new and radical approach to art-making, in many cases it now functions as a readymade and default mode."
Nelkin writes that "The exhibition explores the creative relationship between Piet Mondrian and Ben Nicholson... When Nicholson first visited Mondrian's studio in 1934 he had to rest in a café afterwards to try to take in what he had just seen – the elegant serenity of the works, the ambience of the studio and the energy of Mondrian himself. This visit marked the beginning of a fascinating friendship that lasted until Mondrian’s death."
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