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Graphite

Our pencils contain a super-material

Where do you start with graphite? Do you begin at the beginning, when sedimentary carbon oxidizes during its transformation into metamorphic rock? Or do you look to the future where single-atom layers of graphite called graphene are used to transform everything from water filters to batteries? For us, graphite gets interesting around 4500 BCE, when the Boian culture in neolithic Europe began marking their pottery with geometric patterns in graphite. For the next six and a half millennia, humans have made marks with graphite, smearing it as powder, rubbing it as sticks, or casing it in wood to create perhaps the simplest and most versatile artistic instrument—the pencil.

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Self-Portrait

Self-Portrait

Simeon Solomon1859
Guinevere and Iseult: Cartoon for Stained Glass

Guinevere and Iseult: Cartoon for Stained Glass

William Morris1862
Study of a Seated Woman

Study of a Seated Woman

Edgar Degas1868-1869
Bay of Uri, Brunnen

Bay of Uri, Brunnen

John Singer Sargent1870
Bo-Peep

Bo-Peep

Winslow Homer1878
Curtain for Le Coq d'Or: Third Act

Curtain for Le Coq d'Or: Third Act

Natalia Goncharova1914
Study for a Curtain for 'Le Coq d'Or'

Study for a Curtain for 'Le Coq d'Or'

Natalia Goncharova1913-1914
The Artist's Mother

The Artist's Mother

Umberto Boccioni1915
Study for Proun S.K.

Study for Proun S.K.

El Lissitzky1922-1923
l.n.31

l.n.31

El Lissitzky1922-1924
Sleep Mask

Sleep Mask

Adolph Gottlieb1945
Untitled

Untitled

Agnes Martin1957
Untitled (Rome, June 1960)

Untitled (Rome, June 1960)

Cy Twombly1960
The Tree

The Tree

Agnes Martin1964
Orange Grove

Orange Grove

Agnes Martin1965
Untitled, 1965

Untitled, 1965

Brice Marden1964-1965
The Two Musicians

The Two Musicians

Baya Mahieddine1966
Yellow Body

Yellow Body

Robert Rauschenberg1968
Untitled

Untitled

Ali Al Jabri1970
Elegy to the Spanish Republic No. 110

Elegy to the Spanish Republic No. 110

Robert Motherwell1971
Fifty Days at Iliam: The Fire that Consumes All before It

Fifty Days at Iliam: The Fire that Consumes All before It

Cy Twombly1978
Untitled #5

Untitled #5

Agnes Martin1991
Untitled

Untitled

Baya Mahieddine1992
Quattro Stagioni: Autunno

Quattro Stagioni: Autunno

Cy Twombly1993-1995
Untitled #10

Untitled #10

Agnes Martin1995
I Love the Whole World

I Love the Whole World

Agnes Martin1999
Gratitude

Gratitude

Agnes Martin2001

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