Drawing Papers 151

Of Mythic Worlds: Works from the Distant Past through the Present

Of Mythic Worlds brings together more than fifty rarely-seen works by a diverse group of artists to highlight the ways in which rituals, myths, traditions, ideologies, and beliefs can intersect across cultures, histories, and time periods. Contributing writers and scholars join curator Olivia Shao to trace commonalities and draw connections between artists and artworks that investigate personal belief systems, spirituality, and consciousness; explore the metaphysical and the sublime; recall myths passed down from ancient cultures; and expand our understanding of mysticism and immateriality.


  • Year 2023
  • Contributors Elise Duryee-Browner, E. C. Feiss, Maya Hayda, Lauren O'Neill-Butler, Annie Ochmanek, Olivia Shao
  • Artists Jo Baer, Roland Barthes, Jordan Belson, Robert Bittenbender, Lee Bontecou, Cameron, Barbara Chase-Riboud, Mel Chin, Ilka Gedő, Morris Graves, Hu Zhengyan, Steffani Jemison, Arnold J. Kemp, Mohammed O. Khalil, Duane Linklater, Janet Malcolm, Walter De Maria, Yukata Matsuzawa, Elizabeth Milleker, Georgia O’Keeffe, I. Rice Pereira, Julia Phillips, Betye Saar, Andrei Tarkovsky, Lenore Tawney, Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri, Bernadette Van-Huy, Jack Whitten, Cici Wu
  • Binding Paperback
  • Size 6x9 inches
  • Pages 143
  • Designed By Dandelion/ Peter Ahlberg

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  • Jordan Belson, Brain Drawing, 1952. Ink on paper, 7 13/16 x 7 13/16 inches (19.8 x 19.8 cm). Estate of Jordan Belson, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery

    Of Mythic Worlds: Works from the Distant Past through the Present