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Amsterdam Drawing Art Fair 2015 - Contemporary Art on Paper

September 17, 2015
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Amsterdam Drawing art fair is coming back for the fourth time, and this edition will definitely be marked by numerous solo exhibitions that follow. Since its launch back in 2012, the event has been deemed as a great success, with accents on the high quality of the art and the intimate atmosphere it provided. Experts have previously described the art fair as a similar experience to going to a chamber music concert, regarding the surroundings and the atmosphere. Naturally, the focus of Amsterdam Drawing art fair is on original works on paper, and this seems to appeal to the seasoned collectors as well as to those who are just entering the buying/selling world of the art. Generally, works on paper cost less than paintings and photographs, so this also encourages collectors with relatively modest budgets to participate and involve themselves in the fair. While you’re at the fair, check out these 10 urban art galleries from Amsterdam.

Art Fair Specialized and  Focused on Works on Paper

Olga Chernysheva - untitled (Country and World), 2013 galerie september ndsm noord werf
Olga Chernysheva – untitled (Country and World), 2013

Highlights of Amsterdam Drawing Art Fair

Among the many solo exhibitions to be featured in this year’s edition, here are some of the most promising ones that you should visit. Galerie Nouvelles Images will present Hamid el Kanbouhi’s show, the Moroccan artist is known to have drawn inspiration from unconventional places, such as his research of the relationship between mental health patients and the institutions. The highly anticipated Russian artist Olga Chernysheva, participant of the Venice Biennale, will be presented at Diehl gallery of Berlin. Another Venice Biennale participant, Herman de Vries will be featured at Art Affairs (Amsterdam). Livingstone Gallery will organize a solo exhibition of the Spanish artist Raquel Maulwurf. Drawing Centre Diepenheim’s Arno Kramer will compile a special display of works from various galleries at the fair.

Numerous Dutch and Foreign Participants

Marine Joatton - Ecartele, 2014 galerie september ndsm noord werf
Marine Joatton – Ecartele, 2014

New Talents and Prominent Names

Amsterdam Drawing art fair’s director, Hans Gieles, stated the importance of giving new galleries a chance to present themselves, but at the same time he aims to provide the established galleries from around the world with a place where works on paper are in main focus. A similar principle is maintained for the participating artists as well, both the promising young talents will have the opportunity to showcase their work, and the already prominent names from the world of art are to be displayed at the art fair. Recently, Amsterdam International Art Fair premiered its first edition, and with the art fairs season starting it’s going to be interesting to see what all of the upcoming events will have to offer.

A Platform for New and Well-Established Artists

Raquel Maulwurf - UndertowIII, 2015 werf
Raquel Maulwurf – UndertowIII, 2015

Amsterdam Drawing Art Fair Practical Information

Amsterdam Drawing art fair is open from Thursday, September 17th – Sunday, September 20th, 2015. Fifty Dutch and international galleries are participating. The location of the art fair remains the same as in the previous years; A temporary pavilion on the NDSM Wharf in Amsterdam – Noord. Entrance fees are € 12.00, € 10.00 for students and € 9.00 for CJP-card holders (not available online). Online tickets are available for purchase through

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List Of Participating Artists



All images courtesy of amsterdamdrawing.nlFeatured images: Erik de Bree – Improved photograph #11, 2011 Anouk Griffioen – Diorama, 2015 Raquel van Haver – untitled, 2015 William Copley – untitled, 1983