March 28, 2015
It's Drawing Week in Paris
The ninth edition of Drawing Now is dedicated to Contemporary drawings and features 73 international galleries exhibiting on two levels. While I am not an aficionado of Contemporary art, I was tremendously impressed by the quality of the drawings on view. Many of the galleries had the artists on the stand to meet collectors and discuss their work. I was very happy to meet Daniel Zeller, a young New York artist whose intricate and colorful pieces filled the booth of Michael Soskine, Inc., based in Madrid. Mr Zeller's ink and colored pencil drawings look like a cross between marbled paper and a topographical map and are exquisite in their detail.
Another interesting stop was the stand of Galerie Sator, Paris. Vincent Sator is a gregarious young gallery owner with a passion for drawings. One of the artists he represents is Sylvain Ciavaldini who takes antique prints and embellishes them with ink and watercolor to create a thoroughly modern scene.
Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, presented the work of a young American artist Rob Matthews whose beautifully rendered graphite drawings were very fine indeed.
A short bus ride away, in the former site of the Paris Stock Exchange or "Bourse", is the Salon du Dessin. This fair is now in its 24th year and features 39 exhibitors from Europe and the United States offering works from Old Masters through Contemporary, with an emphasis on the former. As many of the drawings are quite small in format, this is a very intimate fair and it takes time to really examine the beautifully framed and displayed works on the walls.