Paris, 1 April 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA).
Contemporary drawing fair Drawing Now filled spaces across Paris this weekend, with the city’s Espace Commines playing host to “Drawing Now Fresh”. Part of the main fair, the initiative sought to promote galleries under 5 years of age, who exhibit works by artists under the age of 40. An international selection of fifteen galleries took part in the section, with each placing a focus on the work of an emerging artist.
Parisian gallery 22.48 M2 focused on works by Géraurd Soulhiol, whose drawings merge architectural forms with existing historical monuments. Alb Anoukledbourdiec presented pieces by Valentin Van der Meulen, whilst Galerie Karima Célestin exhibited geometric drawings by Anabelle Soriano. Cob Gallery elected to show drawings by Nina Fowler, whose works represent stars of Hollywood cinema on a life-size scale. The Galerie des Petits Carreaux displayed pieces by Nikolas Fouré, whilst Christopher Gerber presented artist Michael Rampa.
Galerie Graphem showed landscapes by Henri Wagner, whilst artistic duo Martine Feipel and Jean Bechameil became the focus of a booth from Marseille-based gallery Gourvennec Ogor. Swiss gallery Gowen Contemporary presented pieces by Wasseem Ahmed, whilst Galleri Kant displayed works by Rune Elgaard.
At NextLevel, works by David Miguel were presented on materials ranging from paper to glass, whilst nearby, PapelArt chose to display pieces by French artist Sandra Plantiveau. Swiss artist Andrea Heller was exhibited by Scheublein + Bak, with the artist’s works merging painting and cut-outs. Uprising Gallery presented works by Cuban artist Franck Mujica. Works by artists presented ranged in price from €300 to 8,500, with one of the pieces on display said to have found a buyer for €15,000.
A basement area displayed a video programme conceived by Claire Gimman, a curator at New York’s Drawing Center. The programme featured twelve “drawn films” produced by young artists, including: Miller Levy (Galerie Lara Vincy, Paris), Diana Shpungin (Stephan Stoyanov Gallery New York), Mustapha Sedjal (Galerie Karima Célestin, Marseille), Rémi Groussin (Alb Anouklebourdiec, Paris) and Isabelle Lévénez (Galerie Isabelle Gounod, Paris).
The artist Villeglé was invited to take part in the exhibition, producing drawings and etchings on blackboards, created in collaboration with young artists. Hung in the exhibition space, the works aimed to capture the idea of an intergenerational exchange between artists.
Maryline Robanlo, Founder and Co-Director of Parisian gallery PapelArt, told AMA just how important it is to participate in events such as Drawing Now. For young galleries, the sum required to buy a stand is enormous, though, for many of those participating, the opportunity to take part in a fair such as this is seen as a indispensable investment — giving both the gallery and its represented artists access to a more international market. Robalo insisted that fairs represent an “obligatory step” for galleries wishing to grow, highlighting the presence of journalists, critics and institution heads.