Untitled by Beverly Pepper, 1963

Untitled by Beverly Pepper, 1963

Photo by Chuck Heiney

This sketch is one of several in the collection from the early 1960s when Pepper first fully embraced abstraction. Her strokes are bold, but controlled gestures seem to emphasize notions of the movement of forms through space. The connection to Abstract Expressionism is clear.  Although this drawing is not related to any specific sculpture, it clearly connects to her powerful, metal abstract sculptures of the period. 

Beverly Pepper. Untitled, 1963. Graphite and ink on paper, 15 x 21 ¼ inches. Gift of the artist. ©Beverly Pepper