1985-1999 > Black Drawings

drawings on paper

Because they are executed in charcoal and coal rubbed on gray paper, these drawings possess the same appealing texture as [Gérard's] in­stallations. Simply rendered Bessemer converters, railroad cars and turbines are repeated across the surface of these compositions. They are then obscured by swirling dashes of charcoal, rather like a grimy snowstorm.
— from B. Homisak's article for the Tribune-Review

Collection of the artist

(1) “Les carnets de croquis du sculpteur: de Rodin à Michel Gérard” by Jeanne Carpentier, Les Lettres françaises (4 Nov. 2006): p. xi; (2) Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 10, 1989. “A Busy Art Weekend: 3 unusual shows open in Shadyside” by Donald Miller; (3) Tribune-Review, November 17, 1989. “Michel Gerard’s post-industrial elegy in coal” by Bill Homisak: p. D3

Michel Gérard: Signature Transformations 2009–1972, Christian Pirot (2009): p. 26-27
Michel Gérard au Creux de l'Enfer, Centre d'Art Contemporain du Creux de l'Enfer (1989)

1989 Carnegie Mellon University Art Gallery, Pittsburgh