Paris: Inclusivity is invited to the Salon du Dessin

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Although it is relatively discreet and constant in terms of price, the drawing market also reflects societal trends. Inclusivity, dear to our time, influences the Salon du Dessin, which is held until March 27 in Paris.

 

As the 31st edition of the Salon du Dessin is taking place until March 27 at the Palais Brongniart in Paris, observers of the sector are not failing to spot works that are taking on more prominence.

 

Certainly, in terms of prices, drawings, still rather confidential on the art market, show a certain constancy.

 

But as for the works that are quoted, the lines seem to be moving more in drawings in particular. As in the art market in general, a desire for inclusiveness is thus felt.

 

The talents of women, black people, and self-taught artists seem to have a place of choice among the drawings of ancient, modern, and contemporary art presented by the forty exhibitors of the Salon du Dessin, hand-picked.  Despite their diverse origins, from Brussels to New York, via Florence, London and Madrid, many of these gallery owners share common interests.

 

Women are on the rise

 

Thanks to growing media coverage, several women artists have been noticed.

 

The journalist Céline Lefranc (Marché de l’Art) has listed drawings made at different times at the Salon, such as a female nude by Henriette Lorinier (1796) offered by the Parisian gallery owner Gabriel Terrades, a beautiful study of a mask made in charcoal by the Danish artist Hélène Andersen at the beginning of the 20th century, at Didier Aaron, also established in the capital, or a stylized still life by Dora Maar at the London gallery Rosenberg & Co. An opportunity to discover this other talent of the famous photographer and inspired lover of Picasso.

 

On the market success of the female gender, opinions are, however, divided. In 2022, according to the annual report of the company Artprice published last Tuesday, the world contemporary art market (all types of works) would certainly have benefited artists under 40 years, with women in the lead.

 

Present at the Salon du Dessin, the gallery owner Antoine Laurentin, a long-time defender of female artists, told Céline Lefranc (Marché de l’Art) to observe the explosion of the quotation of one of them, the French artist Geneviève Asse, who died in 2021. But the gallery owner Françoise Livinec, who also exhibits at the Palais Brogniart drawings by Marie Vasilieff (1884-1957), Rosemarie Koczÿ (1939-2007) or Elga Heinzen (born in 1933), deplores that “women artists” still suffer “a cruel deficit of image.”

 

Geneviève Asse © Presse

Black artists and models are more valued

 

Without any bad puns, the man of color, whether it is on the side of the models or the artists, is also more valued in the current art market. A beautiful portrait of the Ghanaian artist Amoako Boafo born in 1984, was found at the Salon du Dessin at the New York gallery Zeit Contemporary Art) by Guy Boyer, the editorial director of Connaissance des Arts, which belongs to the Lvmh group. The latter also owns a share of the capital of the Salon du Dessin.

 

For her part, Hélène Rihal, director of the Old Master Drawings department at Christie’s Paris, interviewed by Céline Lefranc (Marché de l’Art), emphasizes that representations of men and women of color are more successful than in the past.

 

Art brut

 

Another highlight at the Salon du Dessin: the works of artists without any artistic culture. This is not a totally new trend since it was already part of the spirit of “Art brut”, a term coined after the war by Jean Dubuffet to designate the spontaneous works of self-taught people. Collectors Florence and Daniel Guerlain have chosen to make it the focus of the 16th Contemporary Art Prize that bears their name.  While the three selected winners – Pascal Leyder, Mehrdad Rashidi and Melvin Way – are presented at the Salon, the first was chosen as the winner on March 23 by a jury made up of the Guerlains, two psychiatrists and the collector Bruno Decharme.

 

Passionate and inspired by the world of cartography, 18th-century engravings, and pop illustrations, the Belgian Pascal Leyder, born in 1988 in Bastogne, has been expressing himself through drawing for a long time after discovering the “S” Grand Atelier, a center for raw and contemporary art located in Vielsalm, Belgium, after a school course. His works, populated with ports, invite you to travel.

 

Also selected for the Prize, Mehrdad Rashidi and Melvin Way are not lacking in talent either. The first, born in Iran in 1963, left his country at the age of 20 and studied journalism in Russia.  But he has returned to cultivating the talents he expressed as a child for drawing since his arrival in Germany in 2006. Inspired by Persian miniatures, his drawings are nourished by nostalgic reminiscences of his country of origin: poems, musical references, and landscape or maritime evocations…

 

On his side, passionate about science and mathematical formulas, the American Melvin Way, born in 1954, had a difficult journey before a form of redemption through art. This former drug addict and homeless man met, in the psychiatric hospital where he had taken refuge, the visual artist and educator Andrew Castrucci. The latter noticed his amazing drawings, papers covered with writing, letters, or numbers, and helped him to make himself known. Now, the galleries Andrew Edlin (New York) and Christian Berst (Paris) represent him today.

 

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Although it is relatively discreet and constant in terms of price, the drawing market also reflects societal trends. Inclusivity, dear to our time, influences the Salon du Dessin, which is held until March 27 in Paris.

 

As the 31st edition of the Salon du Dessin is taking place until March 27 at the Palais Brongniart in Paris, observers of the sector are not failing to spot works that are taking on more prominence.

 

Certainly, in terms of prices, drawings, still rather confidential on the art market, show a certain constancy.

 

But as for the works that are quoted, the lines seem to be moving more in drawings in particular. As in the art market in general, a desire for inclusiveness is thus felt.

 

The talents of women, black people, and self-taught artists seem to have a place of choice among the drawings of ancient, modern, and contemporary art presented by the forty exhibitors of the Salon du Dessin, hand-picked.  Despite their diverse origins, from Brussels to New York, via Florence, London and Madrid, many of these gallery owners share common interests.

 

Women are on the rise

 

Thanks to growing media coverage, several women artists have been noticed.

 

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Although it is relatively discreet and constant in terms of price, the drawing market also reflects societal trends. Inclusivity, dear to our time, influences the Salon du Dessin, which is held until March 27 in Paris.

 

As the 31st edition of the Salon du Dessin is taking place until March 27 at the Palais Brongniart in Paris, observers of the sector are not failing to spot works that are taking on more prominence.

 

Certainly, in terms of prices, drawings, still rather confidential on the art market, show a certain constancy.

 

But as for the works that are quoted, the lines seem to be moving more in drawings in particular. As in the art market in general, a desire for inclusiveness is thus felt.

 

The talents of women, black people, and self-taught artists seem to have a place of choice among the drawings of ancient, modern, and contemporary art presented by the forty exhibitors of the Salon du Dessin, hand-picked.  Despite their diverse origins, from Brussels to New York, via Florence, London and Madrid, many of these gallery owners share common interests.

 

Women are on the rise

 

Thanks to growing media coverage, several women artists have been noticed.

 

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Sophie Michentef has worked for more than 30 years in the professional press. For fifteen years, she managed the French and international editorial staff of the Journal du Textile. She now puts her press, textile, fashion, and luxury expertise at the service of newspapers, professional organizations, and companies.

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