MARCH 23rd - 26th 2017

occupy the two levels of the Carreau du Temple

A selection of galleries featuring the cutting edge scene of contemporary drawing

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We are looking forward to welcoming you for the 11th edition from March 23rd to 26th, 2017, at the Carreau du Temple!

After the tenth edition of DRAWING NOW PARIS | LE SALON DU DESSIN CONTEMPORAIN  – which was a great success with the press, the galleries and artists, the public and professionnals – we are looking forward to welcome you on both the upper and lower levels of the Carreau du Temple venue to introduce you to the diversity of 50 years of contemporary drawing.

72 international galleries, have been selected by an independent selection committee and will present over 400 artists and more than 2 000 artworks.

Over the course of four days, collectors, professionals, and art enthusiasts alike are invited to experience the contemporary art scene through drawings.

Changes for the 12th edition from March 22nd to 25th, 2017:

The artistic direction reinforced:
Christine Phal and Carine Tissot, organizers of the fair, wished to develop worldwide networks and to intensify international exchanges between galleries, artists, collectors and institutions: by entrusting International Artistic Direction to Joana P. R. Neves. She then joined Philippe Piguet, Artistic Director of the Fair.

New sectors:
With Joana P. R. Neves as International Artistic Director and a new definition of 2 sectors at the lower level of the Carreau du Temple, the fair wishes to offer a  stronger definition for contemporary drawing. Exhibitors are invited to redefine their proposal around two new sectors, Insight and Process, to present the most contemporary side of drawing :

Insight : It introduces galleries which favour a duo or solo show: artist(s) to be discovered – especially for the french market – even if they are known in their country of origin.This section benefits from a specific mediation for the booths.

Process : It introduces galleries which present a specific project designed between the gallerist and the artist(s) – and eventually a curator – and build as an exhibition (thematic, theoric, experimental or curated) with an obligatory exhibition text.This section presents another aspect of contemporary drawing (videos, animes, etc.) and benefits from a specific mediation for the booths.

Application form will be available soon. Contact us on admission@drawingnowparis.com for more informations.

Deep Surfaces

Since the creation of the first edition of The contemporary drawing art fair in 2007, we always show, within the fair, a tematic cultural exhibition, reporting the diversity of the drawing, through the presented works, the personalities who accompany us and the artists.

This year, the Artistic Director Philippe Piguet invites you to discover the exhibition “Deep Surfaces”:

…the exhibition ‘Deep Surfaces’ (à fleur de peau) presented as part of DRAWING NOW|PARIS purposefully assembles works that employ a vast array of figures and materials             as well as the most diverse techniques and procedures. Here, drawing exists in all its forms, pushing against the conventional limits of normative hesitation and inviting the viewer to reconsider its nature, status, and function. Drawing – otherwise – somehow.”

Philippe Piguet

Marre de Vivre, Julien Benetton
2009, série acrylique sur papier
9 x 34 x 31 cm


For DRAWING NOW’s 10th anniversary, a dozen galleries will display artworks by recognized contemporary artists they represent and which they consider true masterpieces. From one booth to another, these pieces will be highlighted with particular attention. This will create a remarkable tour throughout the fair, leading up to the pinnacle “MASTER NOW” section to follow on these stands: Christian Berst Art Brut, with Fengyi Guo, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, with Claude Viallat, Galerie Jean Fournier, with Michel Parmentier, Galerie Jeanne Bucher Jaeger, with Jean Dubuffet, Galerie Bernard Jordan, with Paul van der Eerden, Galerie Lelong, with Pierre Alechinsky, Galerie Papillon, with Erik Deetman, Galerie Catherine Putman, with Georg Baselitz, Semiose, with William Burroughs, Galerie Suzanne Tarasiève, with Markus Lüpertz, Galerie GP & N Vallois, with Richard Jackson.



Since DRAWING NOW PARIS initiated the very first salon devoted to contemporary drawing in 2007, an expert committee has been entrusted with overseeing gallery selection. Some fifteen collectors, art critics, institutional representatives, and other art connoisseurs have devotedly formed selective choices over the past decade. In tribute to their efforts, as well as to celebrate the salon’s 10th anniversary, we have asked all willing committee members to appoint an artwork by an emerging artist that, in their view, exemplifizes a distinctive aspect of contemporary drawing.
Whether these pieces stem from their personal collections, artist studios, or from galleries, the artworks thus assembled will showcase the richness of artistic expression today.

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The Partners’ Award of Musée d’art moderne et contemporain de Saint-Étienne Métropole will exhibit in the center of the EMERGENCE section at the lower level of the Carreau du Temple.

Presented artists – Laureates of the Partners’ Award :
Pierre Seinturier (015), Agathe Pitié (2014), Stéphanie Nava (2013), Min Jung-Yeon (2012), Anne Laure Sacriste (2011) et Marina Perez Simão (2010).

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Contemporary drawing agenda: partner galleries and institutions

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