Art Elysées

October 17-21 2019

Booth number: 126B


After the success of our first exhibition last year, we are happy to announce our return to this fair. Steven Graven will be presenting a fresh new collection of artworks made by modern and contemporary artists such as Karel Appel, Fernando Botero, Sam Francis, Fernand Léger, Amédée Ozenfant, Serge Poliakoff, Bart Van der Leck, Bernar Venet, and Ossip Zadkine.


Art Élysées – Art & Design will present its 13th edition this year in the capital of France at the avenue des Champs-Élysées (75008), with almost 100 galeries participating this time, which are being split into 4 pavilions. The art fair is situated right near the Grand-Palais, where the FIAC, another major art fair, will be live around the same period (17-20 oct). This large display of contemporary and modern art creates great opportunities for both amateurs and professionals involved in the art market. 

Art Elysées

October 18-22 2018

Booth number: 130A


We are delighted to announce our first participation to the Art Elysées Art Fair during the FIAC week in Paris. We will be presenting a selection of post-war artists including major works by Karel Appel, Sam Francis, Geer van Velde and Victor Vasarely.


Art Élysées–Art & Design is one of the major events during the Parisian Art Week, which takes place every year in October. The fair contributes to the capital’s artistic dynamism and activity. Art Élysées stands apart from other fairs by offering reliable assets, valuable works of art and an alternative to the current art market. Through its unique identity and strong stand on art, the fair is a key event for art aficionados and collectors. The Art Élysées–Art & Design fair showcases an exceptional range of art. Art Élysées is the only fair to present 4 different sections, each under an ephemeral pavilion set up along the Avenue des Champs- Élysées. Both French and foreign galleries present a substantial selection of works in response to the market’s current demands. During each edition the fair renews coherent dialogue between modern and contemporary art and 20th century design. Contemporary artists in constant motion can be found next to some of the greatest references that have marked art history of the 20th century. 


Karel Appel

L'Art est une fête

From 24 February to 20 August 2017

Taking as its starting point a remarkable group of twenty-one paintings and sculptures donated by the Karel Appel Foundation in Amsterdam, the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris is presenting an exhibition covering the artist's entire career, from the CoBrA years to his death in 2006.

Enfant sur chevalà bascule, 1952 (personal collection )

Press release:

The cosmopolitan Dutch artist Karel Appel is known as one of the founding members of the CoBrA group, created in Paris in 1948 and self-dissolved in 1951. With members including Asger Jorn and Pierre Alechinsky, CoBrA set out to eclipse such contemporary academic forms as abstract art, which they saw as too rigid and rational. They proposed instead a spontaneous, experimental art that included various practices inspired by Primitivism. They were especially drawn to children's drawings and the art of the mentally disturbed, and held fast to the international aspirations characteristic of the avant-garde.

Contemporary with Jean Dubuffet's Art Brut et Compagnie, also founded in 1948, CoBrA was part of the same counter-culture, rejecting established values, calling for a fresh start freed of convention, and espousing the spontaneity of naive art.

Something of a nomad, Appel lived in a number of different countries. In 1950 he moved to France, where his work was actively backed by critics like Michel Ragon and Michel Tapié, who saw in his work the European equivalent of the Abstract Expressionist movement that had sprung up around Jackson Pollock. 

Appel went on to work in a complex gestural vein. After a transitional period in the 1970s during which he moved back towards abstraction, the 1980s saw a return to the more painterly approach of the large polyptychs that are a high point of the show. The sculptures dotted through the exhibition include CoBrA bricolages and enormous baroque installations whose playfulness echoes the vitalism of the painted oeuvre.

The exhibition will include a large group of landmark works, among them the Carnet d’art psychopathologique and paintings and ceramic sculptures from the 1950s. The visitor then moves on to big installations from the 1970s and 1990s, and the exhibition closes with a little-known artistic testament painted just before Appel's death in 2006.

Fernando Botero

Celebrate Life !

From 2 July to 11 September 2016


Steven Graven Modern & Contemporary Art is honored to collaborate with the Kunsthal Rotterdam to bring the Fernando Botero retrospective exhibition to the Netherlands in the summer 2016. During this exclusive occasion we will be proud to present the artist and his work to our collectors. For available works please contact us.

Dancers, 2002 (personal collection of Fernando Botero)

Press release:

This summer Kunsthal Rotterdam is proud to present a large-scale retrospective of the world-famous Colombian artist Fernando Botero (1932). This selection from Botero’s own collection provides a panorama of the artist’s personal favourites from his considerable oeuvre. ‘Botero: Celebrate Life!’ will exhibit almost a hundred paintings, sketches and pastels as well as a few sculptures, including the enormous eye-catcher ‘Caballo’, Botero’s famous sculpture of a horse.

Visitors will be able to see paintings of life in Latin America based on reminiscences from his youth, and reproductions of classical masters in the recognisable Botero style. The bull-fight and the circus are also featured in these works. Botero’s art is full of Latin American life. The gigantic, inflated bodies and objects appear weightless in spite of their volume, which sometimes even seems to make them look as if they are floating. This volume is a recurrent feature in Botero’s work and gives his art an exuberance that can be comical or moving. The series of female Santas, inspired by the iconic images of female saints, is remarkable. Botero represents them as worldly heroines with meaningful accessories such as a bible or candle, putting their halo in sharp contrast with their clothing and posture.


The exhibition opens to the public at 10:00 hrs on Saturday 2 July. Fernando Botero will be present in the Kunsthal from 13:00 hrs for an Artist Talk and to sign the exhibition catalogue. 

Steven Graven

London, UK

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