The fair, which is staged in the Carreau du Temple, a former covered market in the 3rd arrondissement, packs in over 70 exhibitors chosen by a selection committee. They come from across France, around Europe and beyond, bringing, as the title implies, works on paper by contemporary artists.
The stands are simple and the works packed in, with around 2000 on show. However, there is a broad range in terms of style and price range at this popular event and plenty of material for those of more modest means or entry-level purchasers. On the lower ground floor there is an Emergence section where 20 galleries show work by new and emerging artists.
Drawing Now is a further boost for the semaine du dessin and, like the Salon at the Palais Brongniart, it acts as an extra magnet for the some of the auction rooms, several of whom stage modern and contemporary works on paper at this time. Christie’s also partners Drawing Now, mounting an exhibition at the Carreau during the run of the fair. The fair runs from March 23-26 with a private ticket-only opening on March 22.