James Drake: 1242

  • Hardbound / 14.75 x 11.25 inches
    1242 illustrations / 320 pages

  • Text by Kathryn Kanjo and David Krakauer

  • ISBN: 9781934435823
  • Trade Edition: $85.00
  • Signed Edition: $90.00


Three years ago, James Drake (born 1946) began the ambitious project of creating 1,242 drawings that would trace and reference all of the developments of his multifaceted career. Known as both a sculptor and video artist, Drake has always considered draftsmanship to be a key to his process, and this body of drawings does not disappoint. It is both a fascinating tour of Drake’s creative thinking and a testament to the simple power of graphite and ink on paper in the hands of a master of the craft. The volume is published to accompany a touring exhibition (titled The Anatomy of Drawing and Space) opening at The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in July 2014–the largest show of Drake’s work to date. This book follows the success of Red Drawings & White Cut-outs (Radius Books, 2012).


James Drake was born in Lubbock, Texas in 1946. He received his BFA in 1969 and MFA in 1970 from Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, California. Drake recently moved to New York City from El Paso, Texas, where he lived and worked for over twenty years. James Drake has presented his figurative, narrative art internationally, receiving early critical praise for his dramatic steel sculptures, drawings and video installations. Drake is one of those astoundingly versatile artists who has managed to create accomplished, distinctive work in a number of media. In the process, he has deployed a consistent vocabulary of images relating to art history, weaponry, the fine line between savagery and civilization, and life on the densely populated bilingual Juarez-El Paso border. Drake characterizes himself as a narrative artist, albeit one who is more interested in vignettes and fragments than in storytelling. James Drake’s work is in the permanent collection of over thirty museums, including the Albright-Knox Gallery, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He has had over sixty one-person shows and has been invited to participate in more than one hundred group exhibitions. Drake is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and two National Endowment for the Arts grants.