As with everything, foresight is important in Art. This disheartening story is in point. At the passing of their parents, the children divided among themselves the paintings that were part of the estate. So far, so good. Works of great value, from highly renowned artists. Then a sinister event occurred: a major fire at the home of one of the heirs. Many paintings are destroyed. A total loss. The legatee files a claim with his insurance company: $40,000 for a Suzor-Côté, $20,000 for this Cosgrove, $15,000 for a René-Richard and $37,000 divvied-up among three works by Francesco Iacurto, Claude Picher and René Gagnon. “Dad said he paid $40,000 for the Suzor-Côté,” says the son, but there is no proof.
Altogether we are talking about $122,000 worth of artworks that went up in smoke. Not including the lost patrimonial and historic value of these assets. The home itself was evaluated at $259,000 and insurance covered this amount. The glitch is that the paintings themselves were not insured. This is where the problems start, hassles opening wide the door to the tactics of insurance companies. Were there assessment certificates delivered by an independent assessor? No. Where pictures of the artworks submitted to the insurer prior to the incident? No. Then, everything will be considered as part of the “movable assets” provision, at great loss. Which would be appalling. Hence the importance of having your artworks assessed by a specialist, since their value f luctuates according to numerous criteria and parameters but mostly through supply and demand on the market.
Retaining purchase invoices pertaining to the artworks is certainly helpful, but only to a certain extent. For insurers will conduct their own assessment in keeping with their profit rationale, or if you prefer… paying as little as possible… and this, by touring galleries to determine the current asking price for your artworks. This sinister roundabout could lead to the under-valuation of your property, which would thus be significantly lower or erroneous. Every insurance company has its own policy in this regard. It’s up to you to make sure you have a clear understanding of your coverage to avoid incurring important losses.
As the saying goes: “It’s better to be safe than sorry!” Very apropos, don’t you think?
Many thanks to Mr. Claude Belley for his collaboration. Galerie LeBelley, 91, rue Saint-Paul, Québec, QC, 418 694-0995
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The Musée de la Gaspésie presents Raymond Jacobs – Gaspésie, 1954, an exhibition of 39 photographs presented exclusively at the Musée and never before shown in Canada. Seen through the eye of seminal New York photographer Raymond Jacobs, these landscapes, portraits, and scenes of life take us to the heart of the Gaspésie in the mid-1950s and possess both significant historical value and an unparalleled photographic aesthetic. Renowned for creating illuminating documentary photographs, Jacobs immortalizes both the hard work of Gaspé families and the area’s grandiose maritime landscape. From L’Anse-à-Valleau to Percé, the larger-than-life characters seemingly come alive through Jacobs’ photographs. Until October 4, 2020.
The Musée de la Gaspésie presents Raymond Jacobs…
The Museum of ingenuity J. Armand Bombardier proposes two new guided tours available year-round. Vehicle enthusiasts will enjoy Innovate and conquer, a 45 minutes guided visit of the reserve. They will discover how Joseph-Armand Bombardier and his team were able to develop vehicles that floated on snow, thus inventing a new winter pastime. Those who would like to know more about the man behind the inventor, the visit entitled J.-A., a really good guy is made for them as it sheds light on many sides of Joseph-Armand Bombardier, from the ecologist to the entrepreneur as well as the family patriarch. The Fab Lab Community temporary exhibition is another good reason to visit the Museum. Finally, on the 1st of February 2020, the Museum and the Yvonne L. Bombardier Cultural Centre unite to organise the not to be missed Winter Enthusiasts event which will propose free activities and entertainment all day long.
The Museum of ingenuity J. Armand Bombardier proposes…
By popular demand, the Montréal Museum of fine Arts (MMFA) is extending the run of the exhibition Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives until March 29, 2020. Already seen by over 100,000 visitors, this major exhibition offers a completely new picture of the everyday life of six individuals who lived along the Nile between 900 B.C.E. and 180 C.E. using an innovative approach that combines the arts and science. Making its North American premiere at the MMFA, the exhibition presents six mummies together with 240 artifacts from ancient Egypt from the collection of the British Museum. Non-invasive medical imaging techniques made it possible to shed new light on different aspects of the life – and death – of these six ancient Egyptians. Until March 29, 2020.
The MMFA is opening its doors to a selection of artworks from the remarkable art collection of Ontario philanthropist, collector and patron W.Bruce C.Bailey. The exhibition “For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you” brings together a selection of over 100 paintings, photographs, works on paper, and sculptures spanning vastly different time periods and cultures, drawn from his extraordinary collection. These works encourage visitors to consider how art can reflect a unique sensibility and simultaneously unearth shared commonalities, inviting us to better understand differences. Contemporary Art Square, Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion, until March 29, 2020.
The MMFA also presents About Face: Photographs by Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons and Rachel Harrison. This exhibition brings together the work of three major American artists whose practice is deeply engaged with the history of representation of women. Presented artworks are drawn from the collection of Carol and David Appel, prominent collectors of international contemporary art in Canada. Graphic Arts Centre, Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion, until March 29, 2020.
The Montreal Museum of Fine-Arts will transport you to 19th and 20th century Paris in the company of the great Post-Impressionist masters with the exhibition Paris in the Days of Post-Impressionism: Signac and the Indépendants. Paris, 1900: a revolution was underway during the Belle Époque. “Art for all!” declared artists who exhibited under the motto “no jury, no awards.” Cofounder of the Salon des Indépendants, Paul Signac made a name for himself as the theoretician of the so-called “postimpressionist scientists.” Discover a magnificent body of 500 paintings and graphic works from an exceptional private collection to be exhibited in its entirety for the first time – the largest collection of works by Paul Signac, but also of avant-garde: Impressionists (Monet and Morisot), Fauves (Dufy, Friesz and Marquet), Symbolists (Gauguin, Mucha and Redon), Nabis (Bonnard, Denis, Lacombe, Sérusier, Ranson and Vallotton), Neo-Impressionists (Cross, Guillaumin, Luce, Pissarro, Seurat and Van Rysselberghe) and observers of life in Paris (Anquetin, Degas, Lautrec, Picasso and Steinlen). From March 28 to September 27, 2020.
Currently presented at Musée Pointe-à-Callière, the exhibition entitled The Incas, Treasures of Peru! gives Montréal museumgoers a taste of one of the richest legacies of craftsmanship the world has ever seen. A North American exclusive, the exhibition takes visitors on a stunning journey deep into Andean and Peruvian cultures to reveal the secrets of the Inca Empire, its power, its mysterious rituals and customs, and, above all, its remarkable artistic achievements. Until April 13, 2020.
The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) continues to grow its international reputation through three remarkable travelling exhibitions. Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything, one of the most popular international travelling exhibitions in MAC’s history begins the second leg of its international tour today in Copenhagen, Denmark, where the exhibition will be presented until April 13, 2020 at the Kunstforeningen GL STRAND and Nikolaj Kunsthal Art center. Meanwhile, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Unstable Presence, coproduced with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), may be viewed until March 1, 2020 at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in Monterrey, Mexico. The tour’s next stop will be at the SFMOMA, from April 25 to November 1, 2020. Also, the Françoise Sullivan retrospective continues its Canadian tour at the Art Gallery in Windsor, from February 14 to May 10, 2020, and then at the Musée régional de Rimouski from October 18, 2020 to January 31, 2021.
By popular demand, the Montréal Museum of fine Arts (MMFA) is extending…
The Redpath Museum at McGill University is hosting an international symposium on the critical threat to biodiversity: September 21st and 22nd 2019.
The committee invited Montréal sculptor Susan Stromberg to create a piece representing an endangered amphibian that would be featured at this conference. Other related sculptures she has created during her research will be part of a silent auction held to financially assist the scientists and the students involved during the conference.
Her study of endangered amphibians, specifically frogs, began a new theme in Stromberg’s repertoire and dramatically expanded her concern for the planet.
While the frog was being created, it looked just like a frog, so Stromberg adapted it to look more symbolic and more ‘artistic’ by putting an opening through the abdomen in the shape of a frog on each side and inserting a rare piece of Steuben crystal.
By lighting up the interior of her sculpted frog, Stromberg represented the importance of protection and ongoing reproduction of the species in the chain of life to prevent their extinction from our planet. And… therefore hopefully titled the creation: “Enlightenment”.
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The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, will present the exhibition Mark Bradford: End Papers. This exhibition focuses upon the key material and fundamental motif the renowned artist employed early in his career and has returned to periodically over the past two decades.
The pivotal works in this exhibition are primarily constructed from end papers, which Mark Bradford learned to use as a hairdresser in his mother’s beauty salon in South Central Los Angeles. These small sheets of translucent paper protect hair from overheating in the process of using curlers to create permanent waves. Part painting and part collage, the colored End Papers works feature grids that contain various hues that pulsate across the surface. Bradford said recently, “I learned my own way of constructing paintings through the End Papers – how to create space, how to use color. And how to provide a new kind of content. They were the beginning for me.”
Bradford’s End Paper works not only allowed him to make beautiful abstract paintings but inspired the artist’s use of “social papers” that related to his biography and his neighborhood. From the End Papers, Bradford began using merchant’s posters, broadsides, and even billboards he found in downtown Los Angeles to make his paintings.
The exhibition will include approximately 35 major End Paper works drawn from private and public collections and new work created by the artist for this presentation. A full-color catalogue will document the exhibition and will include an essay by curator Michael Auping and an interview with the artist. From March 8 to August 9, 2020.
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, will present…
The MAC and MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image unite to present Children’s Games by Francis Alÿs. World-renowned for his body of work at the crossroads of the political and poetic, Belgian artist Francis Alÿs is interested in everyday gestures and the political and symbolic potential that they contain. Comprising nearly twenty videos, this project shows how children turn simple, ordinary things – coins, stones, plastic bottles and so on – into the raw material for unlikely and fantastical universes. Through the sparkling imagination of children, Alÿs presents an intimate yet political view of the universal and unifying nature of games. From September 4, 2019 to January 5, 2020.
Painting takes centre stage at the MAC this fall with a major survey of the last decade of work by Montréal painter Janet Werner. Visitors will have an opportunity to gauge the scope of Werner’s practice; since the 1990’s she has developed a unique genre of fictional portraits featuring invented subjects. References to pop culture, humour, and the carnivalesque mingle with an aura of strangeness in Werner’s works as she explores different portrait styles. A major figure in Canadian painting who has played a prominent role in updating the portrait genre, Werner blurs the lines between abstraction and realism, between real and imaginary, to the spectator’s delight. From October 31, 2019 to January 5, 2020.
Revisiting the MAC Rotunda in an original and disruptive way in a new series of inkjet prints, Gisele Amantea combines photographic documentation of this iconic space of the Museum with drawings inspired by Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s mid-eighteenth-century etchings. Her stated intent is a personal critique of the museum and a musing both on its power dynamics and on the position she has in relation to it as an artist. Exhibiting these prints in the Rotunda, the MAC playfully participates in a critique of its own institution at a moment of anticipation before the transformation project begins, in which the Rotunda is slated to disappear. From October 9, 2019 to January 15, 2020.
Also at the MAC, in Je vois ce que tu regardes, works by artists Luis Jacob (Toronto) and Serge Tousignant (Montréal) are brought together in an unprecedented pairing that shows how a field of artistic research – in this case, the spectator’s experience – can be conveyed in different ways. Jacob offers visitors a series of images, his Album X, in which the heterogeneity of subjects and absence of descriptive legends creates a context in which spectators are free to reconstruct linkages and unusual relationships. The effect of Tousignant’s polychrome sculptures formed of colourful shapes is to engage in a more direct relationship with spectators by acting directly on their experience of the space. From October 31, 2019 to January 5, 2020.
Alain Paiement : Bleu de bleu – The result of research developed over a four-year period, Bleu de bleu frames a small concrete-and-asphalt stretch along Highway 20, between Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and downtown Montréal. In this exhibition, the MAC presents the work as it has been integrated into the Musée collection: an installation made up of thirty-two videographic, photographic and sculptural elements, whose conceptual nature is intrinsically linked to its monumental, eponymous in situ placement. The work at the museum remains an experience of time and space, but one revealed through layers of data: it comprises a near-inextricable labyrinthine series of documents and images, of plans, drawings, surveys and projections. From October 31, 2019 to January 5, 2020.
Organized by guest curator Mehdi Brit and MAC curator Mark Lanctôt, EMERGE is an event dedicated to contemporary performance that brings together ten of the most important Canadian and European artists in the discipline. The most complete gathering of performance art ever mounted at the MAC, EMERGE will offer a stimulating encounter among theatre, visual arts, and body art, highlighting the pluridisciplinary nature of the most tantalizing current practices. A series of panels and lectures will accompany the event to complement the program of works presented. From November 19 to 24, 2019.
Fashion is featured at the McCord Museum with the Jean-Claude Poitras: Fashion and Inspiration exhibition which explores the sources of inspiration and the creative work of Montreal designer Jean-Claude Poitras, who left his mark on prêt-à-porter in Montréal, Québec and the rest of Canada over the course of a prolific career. The exhibition sheds light on the creative world of the designer and his sources of inspiration via archival material, multimedia displays and objects, as well as pieces of clothing that have marked and still mark local fashion. From his youth, the Montréal designer has been fascinated with textures, the movement of fabrics, their nature and their colour. This tactile and visual attraction for materials will become the main thread of his professional life. The Jean-Claude Poitras – Mode et inspirations exhibition reveals the designer’s personality via his three major sources of inspiration: family and religion, muses and film, and travel. From October 24, 2019, to April 26, 2020.
The Incas, Treasures of Peru at Pointe-à-Callière – In order to penetrate the secrets of the Inca civilization, its origins and its heritage, and highlight the great refinement of its artistic creations, this Pointe-à-Callière exhibition invites you to explore the captivating world of the Incas and Andean culture – mainly that of Peru – from prehistory to the contemporary era, and discover the splendors of the Incas who were at once the heirs and bequeathers of some of the most fertile customs and exquisite craftsmanship in the world. Trek through the Andean mountains and valleys and admire the remarkable flora and fauna of this exceptional place. Learn about the rites and many skills in agriculture, ceramics, metallurgy, sculpture and weaving of different pre-Inca civilizations that all had a major influence on Inca culture. Then, at the heart of the exhibition, discover the splendour of the Incas, their social organization, and their incredible artistic achievements. From November 27, 2019 to April 13, 2020.
The Viatour-Berthiaume exhibition Sculpter les mots : une rétrospective will be presented at the “Union des écrivaines et écrivains du Québec” and will also be part of the “Festival international de la littérature” from September 19 to December 5, 2019. Between 2008 and 2018, Marie-Annick Viatour and Gaétan Berthiaume successively immerse themselves into the worlds of Michel Tremblay, Fred Pellerin, Kim Thúy and Boucar Diouf and create four corpuses of unique polychrome wood works, resulting in exhibitions that will tour Québec. The UNEQ and FIL invite you to discover the works of Viatour-Berthiaume that blend beauty, ingenuity and playfulness, selected from the 60 unique creations that were inspired by Québécois authors. The short films entitled Sous l’écorce des mots featuring Kim Thúy and Quand Boucar Diouf s’intègre au bois… (FIFA 2019) will be shown throughout the exhibition’s duration. At Maison des écrivains, 3492 Laval Avenue, Montréal, 514 849-8540. From September 19 to December 5, 2019.
The MAC and MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image unite to present…
At the National Gallery of Canada, see the world’s first-ever exhibition devoted to Paul Gauguin’s portraiture. Through imaginative self-portraits, as well as his unconventional depictions of friends, family, and women in France and Polynesia, the exhibition showcases Gauguin’s extraordinary creativity in the field of portraiture. Featuring paintings, works on paper and sculptures, Gauguin: Portraits brings together a unique and unforgettable selection of works from public and private collections around the world. Until September 8, 2019.
The National Gallery of Canada also presents Multitude, Solitude: The Photographs of Dave Heath. Explore the compelling work of one of the finest street photographers of his generation. Whether picking out a single face in a crowd or framing close-up portraits of quiet despair, Dave Heath (1931–2016) had an instinctive ability to capture the soul behind the public persona. Exploring Heath’s artistic trajectory from teenage prodigy to influential photographer, Multitude, Solitude celebrates work that reflects the loneliness and alienation of modern life. Until September 2, 2019.
Explore the emergence of the cult of Nietzsche through an iconic sculpture by Max Klinger, which is part of the National Gallery of Canada collection. The exhibition Masterpiece in Focus. Friedrich Nietzsche and the Artists of the New Weimar explores the impact of one of the most influential thinkers of his time on the artistic and cultural world of Weimar Germany in the late 19th century. The bronze sculpture of the celebrated philosopher by Max Klinger is the central work in this new exhibition which also features a variety of works from other artists. Until August 25, 2019.
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The works of artist Lisette Lacombe-Gill will be exhibited in the library of the Maison du Citoyen, 25 Laurier Street in Gatineau Hull, from July 28 to September 6, 2019. Opening hours are: Monday to Thursday, from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, and Friday to Sunday, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
The works of artist Lisette Lacombe-Gill will be…
The Baie-Saint-Paul Museum of Contemporary Art is holding an exhibition entitled Le mur des rapaces, volet 3, from artist René Derouin. In this exhibition, Derouin revisits his continent and takes a fresh look at the world that surrounds him. The exhibition introduces a contemporary issue and denounces our overconsuming society. The key component of the exhibition, Le mur de rapaces, created in 2017, stretches over almost 11 metres and focuses on four main subjects: the train, raptors, migration and the wall. Until November 3, 2019.
Also under way at the BSPMC, Quand la lumière s’éteint elle revient en noir exhibits the works of Jacques Hurtubise created between 1962 and 1986, which demonstrate how much Hurtubise’s style transformed itself over three decades without ever losing its vigour. Until November 3, 2019.
The city of Baie-Saint-Paul will, again this year, be stormed by artists participating in the 37th Contemporary Art International Symposium, under the theme of Art, Architecture, Landscape & Environment. Artists will welcome visitors to their workshops, where they will be able to witness a variety of artistic practices, illustrating various facets of contemporary art. Thanks to a rich and varied program, which proposes conferences, films and closing performance, visitors will each day be able to live a unique experience. From July 26 to August 25, 2019. The complete Symposium program, including participating artists, is available on www.symposiumbsp.com.
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The Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures Cultural Association is organizing the FAITES DE L’ART arts festival, to be held on Saturday, July 13, 2019, from 8:30 am to 9:00 pm. The festival offers the opportunity to bring together visual artists from all horizons to create works in the city’s parks and gardens. The artworks created during the day will then be exhibited in City Hall starting at 4:00 pm. Art steps down into the street and becomes accessible to all! FAITES DE L’ART is a visual arts festival (drawing, painting, photography, sculpture) opened to the population of Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures and to amateur and professional artists of the greater Québec City region. Artists are invited to create a personal work of art somewhere on City territory, to be completed in one day. For more information: culturestaugustin.com/faites-de-lart/.
The Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures Cultural Association is…
Chez Alfred Pellan gallery of Limoilou celebrated its third anniversary with the inauguration of a new artistic event: Alfred’s Rendezvous. These monthly get-togethers will be held on the 3rd Thursday of each month, fostering encounters and exchanges between artists and a public of all ages and backgrounds, which it is hoped will be memorable. Everyone is welcome. The Chez Alfred-Pellan art gallery, operated by the neighbourhood Artistic Cooperative, is located at 581, 3rd Avenue, in the borough of La Cité-Limoilou. It opened its doors on May 1st, 2016, in the very premises where internationally renowned artist Alfred Pellan discovered his passion for painting in the early 20th century. The group hopes that from these premises a number of other major talents will emerge. The location exhibits the works of both emerging and well-established visual artists.
Chez Alfred Pellan gallery of Limoilou celebrated…