An art fair devoted to contemporary drawing
Drawing has returned to the forefront of contemporary art and its value, as both a practice and a medium, is widely recognised. Art on Paper is designed to showcase the best in contemporary drawing through a curated mix of established and emerging galleries.
Drawing is rooted in graphic expression. It plays a significant role in international art, whether it’s featured in galleries, exhibitions, biennials and specialised fairs like Art on Paper, or advanced as an art form through the many institutions and individuals who now place drawing at the heart of their collections. While in the past, drawing was confined to an auxiliary, supporting role in artistic practice, today it holds its own in the contemporary art world.
Art on Paper seeks to showcase the broad range of approaches and perspectives that contemporary drawing offers. Some artists dedicate the entirety of their work to drawing, while others connect with it only occasionally. Works in drawing can be figurative, abstract, monumental or minimalist, and even three-dimensional, performance-based, or narrative... In fact, contemporary drawing offers constantly renewed possibilities of both composition and method that contribute to its richness and relevance.
Over the five days of the fair, 25 contemporary art galleries from Belgium and around the world come together at the BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels. Each gallery displays a solo show featuring an established or emerging artist whose focus is on drawing.
The fair benefits from an independent selection committee of art professionals and collectors. Together, the committee’s artistic direction draws a line which connects all of the work appearing at the fair, to show drawing at its most innovative, challenging and alive.
Founder: Michel Culot
Fair Director: Adeline d’Ursel
Artistic Director: Pauline Hatzigeorgiou
Exhibitor's SELECTION COMMITTEECatherine de Zegher / Director - Museum of Fine Arts Ghent
Denis De Rudder / Head of the drawing department - La Cambre
Joost Declercq / Director - Dhondt-Dhaenens Museum
Olivier Gevart / Ete 78
Sophie Lauwers / Head of exhibitions BOZAR
Tanguy Van Quickenborne / Art collector
Yves Lecointre / Director - Frac Picardie l des mondes dessinés