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A left hand draws a self portrait on a sheet of paper. The hand leaves the room. Another hand picks up the drawing and looks at it. "Why can't I do this?" This is an extremely jealous hand, and he crushes the drawing. Then he walks toward a hand mirror, opens himself and pushes very hard against his cold reflection. He takes a few steps back and stares at the print made by his heat until it slowly vanishes.

Drawings On Hands is number four in an ongoing series of books on drawings. The hand as a stamp, a model, a stencil, a map, a calendar, a medical index, a relic, an indicator, a saint and a magician. Dutch/French artist Serge Onnen selected the works from historical figures to contemporary artists, as well as anonymous ephemera.
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Drawings on Hands is the fourth book on drawings without text edited by Serge Onnen

Drawings on Writing, J&L Books, 2008, ISBN 978-0-9799188-0-3
Drawings on Geology, J&L Books, 2006, ISBN 978-0-9746908-3-4
Volume O, zingmagazine, 2002, ISBN 0-9678597-5-1

This book was made with generous support from FONDS BKVB

Fonds BKVB

Many thanks to: Donna Wolf, Jason Fulford, Ethan Crenson, Bart Rutten, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, The New York Public Library Picture Collection, Scholten Japanese Art New York, Alexandre Estrela, Leanne Shapton

Published by:
J&L Books

ISBN 978-0-9799188-8-9
©2010 J&L Books, Inc.

Distributed by:
D.A.P., 155 Sixth Avenue,
New York, NY, USA 10013
Tel: (212) 627-1999
Fax: (212) 627-9484

Editing: Serge Onnen
Design: Serge Onnen & Jan Haux
Web design: Ethan Crenson

Printed in Canada by:
Printcrafters/Westcan, Winnipeg,
Print run: 1,500 copies
We deeply appreciate the courtesy of the following artists, galleries and organizations; and all the artists not mentioned by name whose work has made this what it is.

Leonardo da Vinci
Lara de Moor / Courtesy of Gallery Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam
Marlene Dumas / Courtesy of Gallery Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam
Giuseppe Penone / Courtesy of Gallery Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam
Morgan Betz / courtesy Galerie Warhus Rittershaus Cologne
Paolo Piscitelli / Courtesy of Gallery Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam
Hendrick Goltzius
William Kentridge / Courtesy of Gallery Marian Goodman, New York
Michael Kirkham / Courtesy of Galerie Hofland, Amsterdam
Raymond Pettibon / Courtesy of Regen Projects, LA
Christifano Allori
Frédéric Bruly Bouabré / Courtesy of Aliceday, Bruxelles
Holger Bunk
Gerald Davis / Courtesy of Parker Jones, Los Angeles
Francis Alÿs
Bruce Nauman / Courtesy of Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Lucebert / Courtesy of Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Tamara Shopsin
Paul Klemann
Melody Owen
Scott Harrison
Danica Phelps / Courtesy of Nolan Judin Gallery, Berlin
Nicole Eisenman / Courtesy of Leo Koenig Gallery, New York
Theo Kley
Alain Sechas
Guido di Arezzo
Andrej Roiter / Courtesy of Gallerie Akinci, Amsterdam
Albrecht Dürer
Serge Onnen
Govaert Bidloo
Christine Rusche
Marcel van Eden
Jan Haux
Ronald Versloot / Courtesy of Gallery Maurits van der Laar, Den Haag
Jonas Ohlsson
Petra Mrzyk & Jean-François
Moriceau / Courtesy of Galerie Air de Paris, Paris
Simon Evans / Courtesy of James Cohan Gallery, New York
Trenton Doyle Hancock / Courtesy of James Cohan Gallery, New York
Olav Westphalen
Kinke Kooi / Courtesy of Features Inc., New York
Yves Netzhammer / Courtesy of Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt
Daragh Reeves
and many anonymous masters... To the extent possible we have attempted to contact all of the living artists and/or copyright holders represented in this book.