“Leonardo Drew: Cycles” exhibit at the University Museum of Contemporary Art, UMass Amherst

“Leonardo Drew: Cycles” exhibit at the University Museum of Contemporary Art, UMass Amherst

October 25, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


The idea of pushing– of always asking
questions, finding yourself in the most difficult
possible positions. Putting yourself in
an unknown is probably the best possible
position you can be in. I have to make things. If I was a musician, I
would be singing things. If I was a writer, I
would be writing things. But the fact is, I
was born an artist. So in the end, I had to
make things concrete. Leonardo Drew is an
artist primarily known for his sculpture. There’s never been
a museum exhibition of his work of prints, but
also some of his sculptures. Printmakers that
I’ve worked with, from Crown Point to Pace
Prints, they never said no, and that’s how we arrived
at what we arrived at. If you’ve been making
things long enough, you do understand that
you’re building a language, but you can always
add to that language– bring about something new. What’s on the other
side of all this. What is on the other
side of this journey. So it’s not necessarily
just for artists, but it’s actually a life
journey for all of us. I approached Jordan
Schnitzer in 2019 to bring Leonardo Drew’s
work from his collection to our museum. As a collector, he’s phenomenal. He has a passion
for contemporary art and he wants to
share that passion. This particular exhibition
of Leonardo Drew, you’re swept up into the
journey he takes us on. How he deconstructs, and the
way he puts sticks and stones, and matches, and
things together in ways that we would never think of. He’s an example of why this
museum, on this campus, is so critical of the
28,000 students that are here everyday.