Overview of the fair
DRAWING NOW PARIS l LE SALON DU DESSIN CONTEMPORAIN is the first european fair exclusively dedicated to contemporary drawing that gathers more than 80 international galleries selected by an independant committee.
Over four days, collectors, curators, professionals and art lovers are being invited to meet artists and passionate gallery owners. It is a unique opportunity to see the many forms of contemporary drawing, through the work of established or emerging artists.
For its seventh edition, DRAWING NOW PARIS l LE SALON DU DESSIN CONTEMPORAIN will take place from Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th of April 2013, in the prestigious Carrousel du Louvre, in the heart of Paris.
The 2013 edition in detail
Visitors will be offered various viewpoints combining tradition and audacity.
With a focus on around 80 artists and more than 400 represented, the Carrousel du Louvre will showcase surprising discoveries both in terms of presentation, quality and diversity of work proposed by galleries.
DRAWING NOW l REFERENCE will host around 70 well‐established international galleries.
DRAWING NOW l EMERGENCE will allow a dozen or so galleries established within the past 4 years to present a focus on the work of an artist aged under 40.
DRAWING NOW l VIDEO will be curated by the Show's team with the support of Brett Littman director of the Drawing Center New York, who will also be part of the awards jury.
DRAWING TALKS : for the second time, a programme of encounters based on contemporary drawing will give artists, collectors of all ages, institutuons and galleries the opportunity to share their experience and networks.
At the heart of the exhibition, Jean de Loisy will reveal his Imaginary Museum of Le Palais de Tokyo.
The DRAWING NOW Award for contemporary design will be awarded for the third year to an artist aged under 50 focused on a stand. It is awarded by the Fonds de dotation pour le Dessin Contemporain and is supported by SOFERIM.
At 17 rue Richelieu, 5 minutes from the Carrousel du Louvre, DRAWING NOW l HORS LES MURS will be again dedicated to experiments in contemporary drawing.
Two storeys of a building will be transformed by artists' interventions on the walls, floor, in projections and even on the façade, in a giant contemporary drawing laboratory.
DRAWING IN PROCESS : each day, a different artist will showing the audience various approaches to the development of contemporary drawing.
Our vision of the contemporary drawing
Drawing is not the exclusive preserve of any particular form of creativity. It is a mean of expression common to all creators, across all disciplines. That is what makes it so specific.
Drawing is not the exclusive preserve of any kind of particular technique. It is the vehicle for a reflection which takes on just the right amount of existence to express itself. That is what characterizes it.
Drawing is not the exclusive preserve of any particular type of culture. It is a universal language shared byall peoples, through their history. That is what gives it its identity.
A work is only a drawing due to its graphical nature. To such an extent that, whatever the medium, the procedure or the format used, provided that it retains this character it must be considered as such. A drawing is an integral and absolute whole, which owes nothing except to itself, its own space, both physical and mental. It alone defines its place, its scope : it alone marks out its boundaries. The drawing signs the artist. It seals him.