An Ancient Technique for the 21st Century


Susan Schwalb and Margaret Mathews-Berenson

Marietta Hoferer
Cynthia Lin
Natalie Loveless
Carol Prusa
Susan Schwalb

September 11 - October 25

Friday, September 11, 6 - 9 pm

Saturday, October 10, 4 pm

Open free to the public, Thursday - Sunday, 12 - 5pm



Kentler International Drawing Space is pleased to present REINVENTING SILVERPOINT, An Ancient Technique for the 21st Century, co-curated by Susan Schwalb and Margaret Mathews--Berenson. The exhibition will be on view from September 11 to October 25.

Metalpoint drawings, applied with a metal tip of lead, silver, copper, gold or other metal on coated paper, were in widespread use during the Renaissance. In the early decades of the 20th century artists took up silverpoint for its precision and subtlety. For this exhibition, the curators have brought together five artists using various metals in contemporary and experimental ways. Each artist extends this age-old drawing medium in new ways through their use of subject, scale or technique.

At a time when art is being redefined by new and rapidly changing digital tools and technology that often deny the man-made mark, silverpoint offers artists a connection with a potent creative tradition. The fine delicate lines inevitably reveal the artistís hand: an affirmation of human presence. The radiant metallic glint offers evidence of both its endurance and its mutability. Though technically cumbersome, its newfound expansiveness and adaptability have a special attraction for the artists in REINVENTING SILVERPOINT. A drawing medium made for quiet meditation, silverpoint remains a venerable instrument of intimate communication for artists today and provides welcome distraction from the dizzying pace of our technocentric world for artist and viewer alike.
Ė Margaret Mathews-Berenson



Special thanks goes to The Fifth Floor Foundation for support of this exhibition.






Marietta Hoferer_Mercury1

Marietta Hoferer, Mercury 1, detail
Mixed metal, graphite on black paper, 281/4 x 281/4", 2008


Cynthis Lin, Shelf

Cynthia Lin, Shelf Drawing

Silver on gesso paper, 2001



Natalie Loveless

Natalie Loveless, The Artist's Knowledge
Silverpoint and detritus on Kentler wall, book, 2009

Carol Prusa

Carol Prusa, Internal Architecture
Silverpoint, graphite, titanium white pigment with acrylic binder on acrylic
hemisphere with fiber optics and video, 2009


Susan Schwalb

Susan Schwalb, Strata #395
Copper / brass/silver/goldpoint on clay coated paper, 12 x 12", 2004