Flash news: Drawing prizes in Paris – Art Basel Hong Kong


Drawing prizes in Paris

With several fairs devoted to the exhibition, sale and discovery of works on paper last week, Paris once again wore the crown of global capital of the drawing medium. The events hosted an offer that was unique both in terms of diversity and quality, and they saw the return of private collectors and representatives of foreign museums after two years of covid-related restrictions.

The main events were the 30th edition of the Drawing Fair (Salon du Dessin) at the Palais Brongniart (not far from the Pinault Foundation), the 15th edition of the Drawing Now fair at the Carreau du Temple, the prospective DrawingParis fair and the Print Art Fair, specializing in contemporary prints. This vast offer was complemented by that of the auction houses which also focused their sales on precious drawings, including a famous early drawing by MICHELANGELO (1475-1564) that sold for $24.3 million at Christie’s ( A nude man (after Masaccio) and two figures behind).

Michelangelo, A nude man (after Masaccio) and two figures behind

Ink, 33 x 20 cm. $24.3m, Christie’s Paris


Two highly anticipated drawing prizes were awarded, one by the Daniel & Florence Guerlain Foundation, the other by the Drawing Now jury. The two prizes went to two women: the Russian artist Olga Chernysheva and the French artist Karine Rougier.

Olga Chernysheva

Winner of the 15th prize for Contemporary Drawing from the Daniel & Florence Guerlain Foundation.

Born in 1962 in Moscow, Olga CHERNYSHEVA has been drawing since childhood. First animals, then human figures. After studying cinema at the SA Guerassimov National Institute of Cinematography until 1986 and at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam from 1995 to 1996, she became interested in the narrative power of everyday images. Today, she teaches at the Rodchenko School in Moscow, specializing in photography and multimedia. Her career was marked by her participation in the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001 when she represented Russia, and her works have since been included in prestigious institutions such as the MoMA in New York, the Tate Modern in London, the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. By obtaining the 2022 prize, Olga Chernysheva now integrates the collections of the National Museum of Modern Art in Paris, one of her works being offered to the museum by the Daniel & Florence Guerlain Foundation.

At auction: The prices of Olga Chernysheva’s drawings vary between $700 and $2,000.

Karine Rougier

Winner of the Drawing Now Prize

Born in 1982, Karine ROUGIER lives and works in Marseille and is represented by the Espace à Vendre gallery. Trained at the Arts Décoratifs in Geneva and then at the École Supérieure d’Art in Aix-en-Provence, the artist uses drawing – as she expresses it – like “an ode to love, to the elements, to nature , to our wild side”. Karine Rougier, who teaches at the Marseille School of Fine Arts, represented Malta at the Venice Biennale in 2017. By winning the Drawing Now prize this year (prize awarded to mid-career artists) she will benefit from a three month exhibition at the Drawing Lab and the publication of a catalogue.

At auction: Karine Rougier is not yet present on the secondary market. Attempts at auctions dating back to 2007 and 2013 were unsuccessful, as the artist was not yet recognized at that time.

Art Basel Hong Kong

130 galleries from 28 different countries will soon be meeting at the Hong Kong Convention Center for a new edition of Art Basel (until 29 May): David Zwirner, Lehman Maupin, Hauser & Wirth, Ben Brown Fine Arts and many other remarkable galleries made the trip. To stand out, the strategic choices of each gallery are very different. Here are a few that caught our attention:



The Gagosian has bet on abundance and diversity with some thirty international artists, bringing to its stand works by artists like Georg Baselitz, Louise Bonnet, Edmund de Waal , Urs Fischer, Katharina Grosse, Mark Grotjahn, Jennifer Guidi, Simon Hantaï, Hao Liang, Damien Hirst, Thomas Houseago, Tetsuya Ishida, Alex Israel, Ewa Juszkiewicz, Rick Lowe, Takashi Murakami, Albert Oehlen, Nam June Paik, Giuseppe Penone, Rudolf Polanszky, Sterling Ruby, Ed Ruscha, Jenny Saville, Jim Shaw, Rudolf Stingel, Spencer Sweeney, Rachel Whiteread and Zeng Fanzhi.

Hauser & Wirth gallery may well open the show with a sold out since the works reserved for Art Basel have been in public preview on the gallery’s website for several days. There are notably works by Rita Ackermann, Louise Bourgeois, George Condo, Roni Horn, Camille Henrot, William Kentridge, Annie Leibovitz… some forty works at prices ranging from $25,000 to more than $2.6 million (where indicated…).

The Marlborough gallery is proud to present a major work by the German artist Anselm Kiefer and devotes a whole 12-page document to the artist recalling that Kiefer is also honored at the current Venice Biennale, being exhibited at the Sala dello Scrutinio and at the Sala della Quarantia Civil Nova at the Palazzo Ducale with fourteen floor-to-ceiling paintings that explore cycles of destruction and transformation.

The French gallery Ceysson & Benetière is betting on a solo show for Tania Mouraud. A choice that should benefit this great artist whose auction market is currently still 100% Franco-French.

The Pace Gallery is highlighting Asian artists, including the Chinese artists Zhang Xiaogang, Song Dong, Hong Hao, Yin Xiuzhen, Li Songsong and Qiu Xiaofei, the Japanese artist Kohei Nawa and the Korean artist Lee Kun-Yong. It is also affirming its commitment to new digital projects by presenting NFTs by Zhang Huan, Glenn Kaino and Lucas Samaras.

The White Cube is maintaining the suspense until the last minute, revealing nothing of its selection under an online countdown ticking off the seconds until the opening of the show… Their selection will be revealed in two days.