“Drawing Lab”

Drawing Lab, a place for experimentation

Not far from the Louvre, the brand new Drawing Hôtel is home to… the Drawing Lab, a private art centre wholly dedicated to the promotion of contemporary drawing. An encounter with Christine Phal, founder of the Lab and the Drawing Now fair, held at the Carreau du Temple. Until 20 May, the Drawing Lab’s exhibition space is presenting Strings, a show featuring artist Keita Mori, accompanied by curator Gaël Charbau. The drawings, covering the walls and using thread, are projected in the air, stretch out across paper… or else turn into video performance. A subtle art, a metaphor of crossings and migrations, that one could say sums up the evolution of contemporary drawing in the last decade or so. Ever since, that is, the creation of Drawing Now, the fair currently being held in Paris, from 23 to 26 March. Your choice of showing Keita Mori to launch your new venue, the Drawing Lab, is no accident. It reveals how drawing has evolved in recent years. The Drawing Now fair which you’ve been organising since 2007 was quick to integrate this evolution… When I set up the fair, the type of drawing that artists wanted to present tended to be graphic works on paper, and the fair’s configuration was such that most propositions went in this direction. But the evolution of our gaze, of the way in which artists express themselves, and of the relationships that we’ve set up with other venues, have enabled us to move on. I remember that when Carine Tissot (editorial note: her daughter and partner in Drawing Now and Drawing Hôtel, who manages the hôtel – private mansion in French) and I were in New York for the Armory Show in 2009, we discussed the definition of drawing with Brett Littman, director of the Drawing...

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A Drawing Lab in Paris

A Drawing Lab will be set up in Paris at the end of 2016, on 17 rue de Richelieu. The Paris Drawing Lab is a private art centre entirely dedicated the promotion and dissemination of contemporary drawing. Created by the founder of Drawing Now, Christine Phal, the Drawing Lab aims at promoting contemporary drawing throughout the entire year and will be funded by the Fonds de Dotation pour le Dessin Contemporain (Endowment Fund for Contemporary Drawing). Benefiting from an exhibition space of 150 square meters, the new centre will also have a shop located on the ground floor of the Drawing Hotel. An exhibition program is currently being defined by a selection committee, which will be responsible for selecting three projects a year bringing together an exhibition commissioner and an artist. This committee will be composed of Daria de Beauvais, curator at the Palais de Tokyo, Agnès Callu, curator of the Graphic Arts Department at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Sandra Hegedus, collector, Marc Donnadieu, curator in charge of the contemporary art at the LaM (Lille Métropole, Musée d’art moderne, d‘art contemporain et d’art brut) and Philippe Piguet, art critic and artistic director of Drawing Now...

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