DDessin or how to re-enchant the world

She’s the founder of DDessin. She’s also co-artistic director of this fair whose line keeps getting stronger and clearer every year. An hour with Eve de Medeiros, tracing the contours of a passion. It’s a place conducive to intimate passions, a spot that stands a little way back from the buzz, ideal for celebrating the aesthetics of drawing lines. It’s a fair, or more precisely, a cabinet dedicated to contemporary drawings. Welcome to the fifth edition of DDessin, a yearly event that is being unveiled from 24 to 26 March under the glass ceiling of the Atelier Richelieu, at the heart of Paris. In other words, 700 m2 wholly dedicated to paper. So much to say that this rendezvous is both a springboard and a joyful venture for the artistic scene working with this medium. Ball-point pens, graphite powder, watercolours, markers, charcoal… Anything goes. And to avoid tripping over its pencils, Art Media Agency has turned its attention to one question: what is the nature of contemporary drawing, and what issues does it face today? How did you come to drawing? How, by chance or by curiosity, did paper win a place in your life? Through people I met. First, a collector of old drawings, the cofounder of the Salon du Dessin at the Palais de la Bourse, then contemporary-drawing collectors in the context of my duties at the FIAC, working on the Prix Marcel Duchamp. What is the role or maybe even objective of such an event, beyond its commercial setting? The primary role of this fair was to rethink something that seemed problematic to me: gallerists and artists from the young artistic scene only had very few opportunities to be presented on the walls of the existing and dominant fairs. This is why I created this event....

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Fair play

There are plenty of art events on in Paris this March: five remarkable fairs and exhibitions a gogo. Everything you need to plan an enthralling itinerary, with stops dedicated to drawing, contemporary African art and design… Are you ready for a suite of springtime fairs? From 30 March to 2 April… It’s THE must event: Art Paris Art Fair, this year welcoming 139 galleries from 29 countries. Half of the exhibitors are from overseas, and the fair has attracted many new faces this year, with 50 % of the participants being new galleries. An unmissable gathering for the art world and the general public, this fair, held at the Grand Palais, allows visitors to discover what’s happening in the art world with an ever-savvy focus on overseas scenes. This year, its general curator, Guillaume Piens, is backed up by exhibition curator and cultural consultant Marie-Ann Yemsi (also to curate the next Bamako Encounters), who has helped to select top galleries from the African continent – including the Maghreb – and its diaspora, most of which are exhibiting for the first time in France at the event. Amongst the twenty or so galleries singled out for this African focus, a few come from very diverse horizons: Uganda is present via the Afriart Gallery from Kampala; there’s also Nigeria, with Art Twenty One based in Lagos; the Ivory Coast is represented by the Fondation Charles Donwahi from Abidjan; not forgetting South Africa, with Whatiftheworld Gallery from Cape Town. The October Gallery from London, representing El Anatsui in particular, and Parisian gallery Magnin-A, namely exhibiting Chéri Samba, present great classics in modern and contemporary African art. Also of note: the solo show accorded to South African artist Kendell Geers by Barcelona-based ADN Galeria. Emerging African creation is also represented by stands in...

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4th edition of DDESSIN Paris on the way

DDESSIN will be held from 1 to 3 April in the Atelier Richelieu in Paris. Aiming to support, promote and accompany the up-and-coming scene, the event will be gathering some twenty French and overseas galleries, and will be hosting 5 solo shows — Cristina Escobar, Mary-Laëtitia Gerval, Brigitte Lurton, Anahita Masoudi and Haythem Zakaria. An exhibition “Regards sur la Planète” (Looking at the Planet), echoing the COP21, is being organised by Eve de Medeiros, DDESSIN founder and director, in collaboration with Anne Malherbe, art critic and private consultant, and will gather works from private collections on the theme of nature and the environment. Also of note: the 4th Prix DDESSIN will be awarded by a jury of art professionals, offering the winner a month-long creative residence at the Institut Français in Tangiers in February...

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Nima Zaare Nahandi laureate of the DDessin Prize

Paris, 16 April 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). The contest “Un prix, un artiste qui Dessine 2013” (One Prize, One Artist To Draw 2013) was open on the occasion of the Salon DDessin organised in Paris from 12 to 14 April 2013. Each gallery could suggest a work among those presented at its stand. Iranian artist Nima Zaare-Nahandi was the one who won the favour of the jury. During DDessin, the artist based in Paris exhibited his works at the stand of the Dastan’s Basement gallery, located in Teheran. His work Sans titre (Série Perma), 2012, a pencil on paper, helped him to convince the jury. Nima Zaare Nahandi works in a methodical way and does a lot of research, both iconographic and theoretical, on subjects that explore notions relating to neurobiology, collective intelligence, social insects, memory and digital data. Time is an important element in the process of the creation of his drawings. The detailed rendering of a large drawing can take up to several months. His recent drawings, in which colour appears, are influenced by one of the theories of positive psychology, the theory of well-being. Nima Zaare-Nahandi was born in 1983 in Iran. After spending a year at the Atelier de Sèvres, he enrolled at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. The artist explained that his works were inspired by artists such as Murnau and Werner Herzog for cinema, György Ligeti, Arvo Pärt and Glenn Branca for music, as well as by great figures of Persian literature and poetry. “I make an effort to translate these influences visually. Music is also a way of bringing myself to a pictorial and theatrical universe. My work is the synthesis of Persian mythology and culture, and of Iranian and Occidental classical and contemporary music.” The jury consisted...

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Successful opening of the Salon DDessin

Paris, 16 April 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). In the framework of the week of drawing in Paris, the Salon DDessin was inaugurated with an awaited opening reception held on 11 April 2013. Art Media Agency was there and shares  the first impressions. The Atelier Richelieu, an ancient printing house of a 700-sqm surface was crowded. From 6pm to 10pm, the space was full and there was always a queue in front of the entrance. Over twenty French and international galleries specialised in drawing and works on paper were visited by a great amount of people, which confims current interest in this medium. In spite of different events devoted to drawing held this week in Paris, organisers and visitors agreed on the importance of the DDessin. The works presented by the galleries, holding prices between €100 and €8,000, met with great interest by the public. In fact, the visitors often spent a lot of time inside, which showed how successful and captivating the selection of works turned out to be. In addition, on Saturday 13 April, a prize will be awarded by the jury consisting of professionals and enthusiasts, including H. Angelina Medori, the representative of cultural actions of ARTE, and Christine Vandoorne, the manager of the Domaine national du Palais-Royal. The prize includes a month-long residence in Tanger, Morrocco, organised with the support of the Institut Français. The salon is opened until Sunday 14...

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