32 works signed by the best of the French emerging contemporary drawing scene will go under the hammer of Drouot Estimations, in a former hotel in the 17th arrondissement in Paris that has been converted into a residence. Named “Drawing Now”, all proceeds of this auction will go to the artists.
Maxime Verdier (born 1991), Le Prédateur (The Predator), 2021, colored pencil on paper, 32 x 24 cm/12.5 x 9.4 in, signature on back.
Six months have passed since the 32 artists featured in the auction catalog took up residence in the rooms of an old hotel in the Étoile district of Paris. Christine Phal and Carine Tissot, respectively founder and director of the Drawing Now fair - that has become a veritable "brand" dedicated to the promotion of contemporary drawing – created the artist residency. At the beginning of 2021, the pair decided they would support French artists impacted by the health crisis by making available to them the 5 floors of the Cecilia building that were being renovated: the "Drawing Factory" artist residency was born. Individual studios of 13 to 20 sq m/140 to 215 sq ft adjoin living and working spaces in a nursery-like setting. The Centre national des arts plastiques (French National Center for the Visual Arts) is in charge of the selection of the artists, payment of the rent and the monthly stipend of €500. This joint initiative will end with an auction on the premises of the old hotel, which is being renovated in partnership with real estate developer Soferim. The hotel will then operate under the Drawing Hotel label, the first establishment of which, also housing the Drawing Lab Art Center and was inaugurated on rue Richelieu in 2017.
For this first foray into the auction world, the two organizers have placed their trust in Drouot Estimations. The OVV will officiate in situ, within the room-atelier n°11, while the sale will be broadcast live on Drouot Digital and Drouot.com. This is a great opportunity for contemporary drawing enthusiasts who will be able to purchase original pieces for €200 to €3,200, with buyer's fees reduced to 10% before tax. The art of drawing is available in all forms: a reflection of a practice, as lively as it is polymorphic, which does not hesitate to take the form of an earthenware plate (Camille Chastang) and a carpet square (Chloé Dugit-Gros), updated scratch cards (Matthias Lehmann) or daring to mix eye shadow with gold (Camille Fisher); elsewhere revisiting the nude (Hao Shuo), the self-portrait (Dalila Dalléas Bouzar) or a surrealist aesthetic (Chloé Poizat). In other words, a conception of drawing that is "as broad as possible", in keeping with the spirit of Drawing Now. Humor is often present, accompanied by a certain ironic distance among artists aged 26 to 50 - only half of whom are represented by a gallery, and many new graduates - who have just endured the great uncertainty of the past two years