The term “freedom” is thrown around a lot it seems, especially in the 21st Century when even the simplest rights seem to be in peril. The freedom to create, whether just simple ideas or even the grandest of artworks, is something perhaps we take for granted, but indeed some of the greatest works that move generations of people are often borne out situations where the creator has societal restrictions. That is why this new exhibition, The Pencil Is a Key: Drawings by Incarcerated Artists, on view at The Drawing Center from October 11 2019 to January 5, 2020, is so fascinating in its scope.

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