“Contemporary Drawing”

Contemporary Drawing: The Many Faces of Now is Our Future

On the special occasion of Drawing Now’s tenth year, the selection committee were asked to hand-pick an emerging artist to present in a special exhibition. The aim of this exhibition, curated by Philippe Piguet, is to communicate specific aspects of contemporary drawing that these artists imbue in their work. The selection committee, comprising of art critics, institutional representatives, art collectors, and connoisseurs, are praised for their efforts over the last decade in this special exhibition of their personal preferred drawing pieces. All the pieces exemplify a particular aesthetic, technique, style, and approach to this medium, and work together to curate a unified body of the latest offerings in the world of drawing. Christian Bernard, former director of Mamco, presents the work of Béatrice Cussol. Cussol’s work makes use of a Surrealist stylistic approach. The image conveys multiple meanings simultaneously and at the same time, urges the viewer to interpret the piece as they wish. Laurent Busine, former director of MAC’s, is presenting the work of Bertille Bak. Bak’s work conveys a tremendous intimacy through line and the inclusion of the personal in every rendering. Collector Michel Poitevin presents the work of Karine Rougier. Poitevin states about the artist’s work “… what appeal’s to me is her work’s restraint. Nothing is imposed, but instead reveals itself”. Olivier Kaeppelin, director at Fondation Maeght, presents the work of Assan Smati. Smati’s lively work endorses the playful and encourages movement. Alexandra Fau, art critic, presents the work of Charlotte Charbonnel. Charbonnel’s work, fleeting and plastic all at once, engages the viewer with a cloud ‘caught’ between two microscope plates and is truly a product of contemporary drawing. The collectors Nicolas Libert and Emmanuel Renoird present the work of THE KID. The work of this artist challenges any complacency in the viewer. Realistic, massive,...

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8th edition of Drawing Now Paris sees some changes

Paris, 10 December 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). After four years at the Carrousel du Louvre, Drawing Now Paris, the Salon of Contemporary Drawing, is moving to and investing in the Carreau du Temple and the Espace Commines. Scheduled to take place from 26 to 30 March 2014, the 8th edition of the event is welcoming 80 international galleries, selected by an independent committee of important figures in the art world. The organisers, who aim to offer visitors the opportunity to explore the world of contemporary drawing in all its diversity, through works spanning the past fifty years, are to present several different sections, organised thematically. A section dedicated to young galleries, named “Fresh”, is to be hosted at the Espace Commines, while “Initial” is to be centred on galleries who are participating in the Salon for the first time. These new exhibitors are also to be presented in the two rooms in the Loft of the Carreau du Temple. The event is also to be punctuated with talks, interviews with artists, video screenings and “Drawing in Process” workshops. On 28 March, the first edition of “Drawing Night” is to take place, which is to offer night-time performances, screenings and other events. In addition, the 4th Drawing Now prize, worth €5,000, is to be awarded to an artist under 50 years of age. The prize is to be awarded on 25...

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3 Days of Contemporary Drawing in the Marais

Paris, 26 November 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). From 29 November until 1 December, 15 galleries in the Marais district of Paris are to come together to create a new event entitled “3 Days in Paris”. The common theme of this first edition is drawing; however it must be emphasised that 3 Days in Paris is not to be an annual meeting point dedicated to this medium: “drawing is the pretext being used to bring galleries together and get the public to come,” says Anne Barrault of the eponymous gallery. This is aimed at a public who is unaccustomed to entering galleries with prices for works starting at €200. Another part of the challenge is to create an event which is separate from fairs which rally together and monopolise collectors, deserting galleries in the process; but also to shine a light on the work of the gallerists. It is obviously more effective to visit the gallery itself than its stand at a fair: in a gallery there is more time to look at the works, discover the artist, open up a dialogue with the works, discuss them, exchange ideas. “Many collectors are tired of the hype of fairs and we must remember that it is in our spaces that exhibitions are thought up,” continues Barrault. When asked about the selection process for this event, she stated: “First of all, geographically, because the idea was to offer a journey through the Marais; then we tried to find galleries with similarities, whilst at the same time emphasising diversity. For us, it is interesting to have a range of people, including: gallerist Christian Berst, who specialises in Art Brut and who is to present the drawings of James Edward Deeds; Claudine Papillon with a group exhibition of works by Erik Dietman and a few other...

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’Drawing Now’ moves

Paris, 18 June 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). Having been based at the Carrousel du Louvre for four years, Drawing Now, Paris, an art fair devoted to contemporary drawing, is to move to the Carreau du Temple and the Espace Commines. The fair, which had originally presented only large institutions, will now be open to Parisian galleries. The next edition is to be held from 26 to 30 March 2014. Including in the selection committee are: Colette Barbier, director of the Fondation d’entreprise Ricard; Aude Cartier, director of the Maison des arts de Malakoff; Marc Donnadieu, head curator of contemporary art at LaM, Lille; Olivier Kaeppelin, director of the Fondation Maeght; Nicolas Libert, collector; Bernard Point, founder of the Ecole Municipale des Beaux-Arts in Genevilliers and owner of the Edouard Manet Gallery. The forthcoming edition of the fair is to be supplemented with talks, interviews with artists, videos, and a feature entitled ’Drawing in Process’. For the rest of the year, the Drawing Now team will offer information regarding developments in contemporary drawing, as well as details of its partners via the Drawing Now website and a bi-monthly newsletter....

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Assessment of Drawing Now 2013

Paris, 18 April 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). From 11 to 14 April 2013, the 7th edition of the Salon du Dessin Contemporain Drawing Now was held at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris. The 85 galleries from 13 countries exhibited the works of 430 artists. Among the two thematic platforms, the Emergence platform received 50% of foreign galleries, and the Reference platform was occupied by 45% of new galleries. 19,000 visitors entered the doors of the venue, among whom were a great number of Swiss and German professionals attracted by the highlight of Swiss creation. The organisers announced a great level of sales, with 50% of galleries claiming that the event was a great commercial success. Among these sales, for Christian Berst, several PLNYs were thus sold for €14,500; the A.L.F.A. gallery sold a triptych by Davor Vrankic for €80,000; Gourvennec Ogor sold an artwork by Martine Feipel & Jean Bechameil for €3,800; the Eric Mircher gallery sold a work by Xue Sun for €4,000; the Gowen Contemporary gallery ceded a monumental work by Yifat Bezalel for €15,500; and Eva Hober also ceded a Jérôme Zonder for €12,000. François Dournes from the Galerie Lelong explained that “the event has gained maturity, and you can feel it through its organisation, its partnerships, the programmes of the fair, but especially through the attitude of the collectors that came to the fair. We also noticed a more international presence than in the previous years, ‘fairgoers’ who are used to big European fairs specially marked Drawing Now Paris and the Salon du Dessin de la Bourse in their agendas. Commercially speaking, we experienced the best Drawing Now Paris since we became involved in the...

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