A SHORT LOGBOOK FOR A WEEKEND OF DRAWINGS AND FRESH CROISSANTS
For a really fast decision, I found myself in Paris with Rizomi Gallery to set up and follow our booth during the first days of Ddessin Paris Contemporary Drawing Fair.
In this event Rizomi did not focus on “outsiders”, and it brought Andrea Saltini, protagonist of the last exhibition at the Gallery in Parma and of the workshop at our Artètipi’s Atelier I Cachi.
Drawing Now, Ddessin, Salon du dessin… for the Parisians, this weekend is marked by drawings and contemporary art, but not only that. In fact, between one booth and another, you can find a lot of “outsider” works, which are increasingly present in the contemporary art world.
The presence of galleries and organizations specialized in art brut and outsider art in these events is a decidedly positive factor for the “discovery” and the integration of a world that, until recently, was often relegated to specific audiences and projects.
The magnificent Atelier Richelieu, chosen to host Ddessin, is the background for a small fair full of many suggestions.
To color the walls of the ground floor, in addition to some interesting contemporary authors, there is a large series of works presented by Claire Corcia (Paris) and Galerie Polysémie (Marseille).
For the first one, I really liked the drawings of Genevieve Seillé and Hélèn Duclos, both full of details in a very different way; the second one allows the visitor to discover the Iranian works of Davood Koochaki and Mahmoodkhan.
In Polysémie booth I was also impressed by the works of Togo’s self-taught artist Pierre Segoh: perhaps inspired by his father’s voodoo rituals, he began to paint on canvas, paper and wood using pencils, inks and pastels, creating masks full of hidden identities.
Going up the stairs of the majestic Atelier Richelieu you can be amazed by two Dan Miller’s works, anticipation of the large space occupied by Creative Growth Art Center (Oakland). The gigantic colorful boxes of Nicole Storm in the center of the room are the protagonists of the booth, flanked by the works of many artists like Laurent Dare and Latefa Norzai, also seen in the last Outsider Art Fair in Paris. To complete the list, two large rolls covered by Donald Mitchell’s figures are hanging like a curtain on the windows.
Last but not least, I want to report the beautiful little drawings by Paulino Martin, presented for the first time.
Then I had a quick visit to the biggest Drawing Now at Carreau Du Temple. While I was waiting in line at the entrance I could glimpse the series of works by Janko Domsic presented as a focus at the Christian Berst booth (who is now having a Giovanni Bosco’s exhibition in his gallery – not so far from here). As I approached the booth I could also saw a copious mix of “masterpieces”, from Joseph Hofer to Scottie Wilson, Oscar Morales (how beautiful!), the italian Marco Raugei, Royal Robertson, and a series of other works that, if I could, I would instantly buy.
It doesn’t end here. Another booth to mention is, of course, the Galerie Gugging ones, which focuses its attention on Johann Korec, and also Leopold Strobl, seen at the New York’s Outsider Art Fair last year.
Not far away I found nine beautiful drawings by Frédéric Bruly-Bouabré at the stand of Galerie du jour agnès b. of Paris, where there are also some beautiful works by the indian painter Acharya Vyakul.
I certainly have missed something because of the little time, and this is why I suggest you to take a look to these events, if you are in Paris.
If you find something else beautiful, let me know!