What is the Drawing Now Art Fair ?
The Drawing Now Art Fair is a fair centered around art, and more specifically, the art of drawing. Christine Phal, gallery owner and the fair’s president, created it in 2007. It is the very first contemporary art fair entirely about drawing in Europe. And this year, the Drawing Now Art Fair is opening its doors for the 14th time.
But do not let the name deceive you, this is not only an exhibition of contemporary drawings. Around 70 international galleries, made up of arts professionals and chosen by an independent selection board will be involved in this event. The galleries will exhibit the works of over 400 artists (about 2000 works) with wildly varying styles and histories. They will be united in the name of contemporary art and artistic engagement, in order to make this particular art feel accessible to a wider audience.
Unprecedented in Europe, this fair has two main objectives to achieve. The first is to facilitate, and further promote access to contemporary art for most people. Especially contemporary drawing, which rarely gets a chance to shine during those types of event. The second objective is to gather a community around the art of drawing. A community made up of art lovers, of industry professionals, as well as anyone wishing to support the activity of contemporary artists, whether they be emerging or confirmed.
In 2019, 71 galleries from 15 countries were at Carreau du Temple. After 5 days of exhibitions that showed the works of over 300 artists, 20 000 visitors had come to the event.