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À marée basse

A Tale of Three Girls and a Coastline

Magdalen Islands

À marée basse is primarily an art gallery, a unique cultural immersion experience, three artists impassioned with natural history and knowledge of the maritime and insular territory of the Magdalen Islands and united through their creativity. À marée basse is an innovative business concept which favours marketing derived products from the artists’ creations to reach a wider audience and increase their dissemination. À marée basse is the coming together of a painter, a photographer and an illustrator.

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Text by Marie-France Bégis

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À marée basse is primarily an art gallery…

COWANSVILLE

Bruck Museum

The Bruck Museum presents Les saisons du lin, an exhibition where artist and textile designer Mylène Boisvert presents a collection of works made with textile papers, mainly linen, freely inspired by antique objects from Québec and from France. She uses kilometers of Saint-Armand linen paper yarns, handmade following the Japanese technique of kami-ito. With this personalized yarn she creates murals or draws with paper as she would with pencil. Through techniques inherent to textile design and painting, she evokes the multiple skills linked to this millennium fibre where transmission of knowledge stretched from sowing to weaving and embroidery. Until May 4, 2019.


Also at Bruck Museum, in a visual arts approach, Mariève Pelletier proposes an exhibition inspired by her research in photography. Through her work she questions the plastic functions and the identity of the medium and its duality with painting. She is interested in photographic development engendered through chemical agents and the passage of time. She raises a fundamental question concerning the perreniality of images. Painting is approached as an extension of her research on image creation and introduces a new notion: optics. From May 6 to July 6, 2019.


Passionate about architecture and photography, Martin Gendron presents, at Bruck Museum, L’esprit du lieu, a series of large format black and white photographs taken in Venice and Rome, exploring the coexistence between human beings and the built heritage of these emblematic locations. His viewpoint reveals the ethereal dimensions of some of these places that prompt respect or take us on a journey through time. His images feature evocative spaces and are thought-provoking. From July 11 to September 7, 2019.

Spring 2019

The Bruck Museum presents Les saisons du lin…

TORONTO

Going from the sublime to the tragic it may be time, as the world seems in danger of facing a major conflict, to revisit what war actually means and in that case the Art Gallery of Ontario is the place to be as they are hosting a mammoth exhibition, Photography: The First World War-1914-1918. The AGO holds 500 photographic albums depicting the First World War from all sides and because of the amount of material available divided it up in two like this. Part I: April 28 – October 28, 2018. Part II: November 10, 2018 – April 14, 2019.

Adjacent to the main display, the McEwen Gallery will showcase works by Australian war photographer James Francis “Frank” Hurley (1885–1962), who was on official assignment throughout World War I. His album Australian Units on the Western Front (1916–1918) presents a series of compelling photographs, each offering views of different aspects of life on the Front. Soldiers, in action and at ease, are pictured, as well as the grimmer realities of war: casualties, scorched landscapes, and destroyed  architecture.  The  album — disassembled for the exhibition — highlights Hurley’s skill as a photographer and features a rich breadth of imagery.

 

Fall 2018

Going from the sublime to the tragic it may be time…

VANCOUVER

The Vancouver Art Gallery has a splendid history when it comes to supporting photography as an artistic medium and this Fall they continue that tradition with Walker Evans: Depth of Field, running from October 29, 2016 to January 22, 2017.

Evans, who lived from 1903 to 1975 is one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. His photographs of the deep south during the depression were a significant contribution to the development of what is now called documentary photography. The show is made up of some 180 black and white and colour photographs.

Winter 2017

The Vancouver Art Gallery has a splendid history when it comes to supporting photography as an artistic medium and this Fall they continue that tradition with Walker Evans: Depth of Field, running…

VANCOUVER

The Vancouver Art Gallery has a splendid history when it comes to supporting pho- tography as an artistic medium and this Fall they continue that tradition with Walker Evans: Depth of Field, running from October 29, 2016 to January 22, 2017.

Evans, who lived from 1903 to 1975 is one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. His photographs of the deep south during the depression were a significant contribution to the development of what is now called documentary photography. The show is made up of some 180 black and white and colour photographs.

Fall 2016

The Vancouver Art Gallery has a splendid history when it comes to supporting pho- tography as an artistic medium and this Fall they continue that tradition with Walker Evans…

MONTREAL

Photography lovers are in for a special treat as the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts presents Focus: Perfection Robert Mapplethorpe, running from September 10, 2016 through to January 22, 2017. The exhibition consists of some 250 works largely made up of black and white prints although there is also some colour photography designed to trace his working methods from his early days in the late 1960s up to his death in 1989.

The works on display provide new context for understanding the key genres Mapplethorpe worked in: portraiture of friends and celebrities including Andy Warhol, Patti Smith, Isabella Rossellini and Deborah Harry, self-portraits nudes and still lifes.

For those with a taste for the macabre and grotesque the MMFA is also running The Black Sun of Melancholy until December 11, 2016. The exhibition features work by William Blake, Rodolphe Bresdin, Eugene Delacroix, James Ensor, Paul Gauguin, Francisco Goya, Victor Hugo, Max Klinger, Hans Makart, John Martin, Charles Meryon, Edvard Munch, Odilon Redon, Felicien Rops, James Rissot and Félix Vallotton as they explored the dark side of the human psyche.

Fall 2016

Photography lovers are in for a special treat as the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts presents Focus: Perfection Robert Maplethorpe, running from September 10, 2016 through to January 22, 2017…

Rosa Serra

and Xavier Carbonell

Forms, Volume and Space

THUIR (Catalonia, France), Winter 2011

The tramontana, that gale force wind from the Pyrénées, is fiercely blowing on the old town. In a corner of the city square, I am waiting for my husband, somewhat protected from the wind behind a bronze sculpture that is round, warm and maternal, next to a palm tree.

A little further on this same grassed area, next to an olive tree; a second bronze sculpture faces the first, powerful and imposing, representing Saint George overcoming the Dragon. Sant Jordi, the illustrious patron saint of Catalonia from South to North. I look for a signature to no avail, finding only initials. After investigation, I finally learn the name of the creator of these two superb bronze sculptures: Rosa Serra. As days go by, the intensity of the moment I experienced between these two sculptures fades away.

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Text by Christiane Frenay

BIBLIOGRAPHY (Besides numerous articles in the press and magazines)

“Rosa Serra, Una visió monumental” (Art book, 238 pages) Author: Antoni Garrido, author, editor, art critique and founder of the “Fundació de la Premsa Comarcal de Catalunya”. Editor: Edicions el Bassegoda, Olot, 2008.

“Rosa Serra” (Art book, 238 pages) Introduction: Arcadi Calzada, editor. Texts: Josep Valls, philologist, author, art critique. Editor: Galeria d’Art Arcadi Calzada, Olot, 2008.

“Suite Olympique Rosa Serra” (Art book, 128 pages) Texts: Andreu Mercé Varela, sports journalist (Barcelona 1918-2011). Editor: Olympic Museum, Lausanne, Switzerland.

“Xavier Carbonell MANHATTAN” (Art book, 216 pages) Author: Ed McCormack, writing collaborator for Editors of Andy Warhol’s, who has written various articles on art and popular culture for Rolling Stone and The Village Voice, among others. Presently, with his wife Jeannie McCormack he publishes The New York Art Journal Gallery & Studio. Editor: Jadite Gallery, New York, 2010.

“Xavier Carbonell STILL LIFE” (Art book, 200 pages) Author: K. Mitchell Snow, author and art critique, essays and literature. Editor: Jacqueline Rothschild Fine Art, New York, 2001.

“Xavier Carbonell VIATGE I PINTURA” (Art book, 224 pages) Author: Josep Valls, author, biographer, art critique. Editor: Jadite Gallery, New York, 2014.

The tramontana, that gale force wind from the Pyrénées, is fiercely blowing on the old town. In a corner of the city square…

QUEBEC CITY

The Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec is promising those who devoted to Japanese art one heck of a time with Japan, The Great Seduction, running from June 11, 2015 – September 27, 2015. The exhibition draws on the famous collection of Japanese art at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and consists of 130 works including pieces in lacquer and silver, paintings, photographs and prints. The Quebec City showing is the only stop in Canada. The exhibition promises to explore the Western world’s fascination with Japanese art and its powerful influence.

It seems, however, that Boston Museum of Fine Arts has kept some of its more famous works at home. From April 5, 2015 – August 9, 2015 the museum will be exhibiting Hokusai, whose images are perhaps the most widely recognized of any Japanese artist. Katsushika Hokusai, 1760-1849, was the first Japanese artist to be internationally recognized. Some of the masterworks on display will be Under the Wave Off Kanagawa from the legendary series Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji and the brilliantly coloured multi-panel screen painting Phoenix.

Spring 2015

The Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec is promising those who devoted to Japanese art one heck of a time with Japan…

QUEBEC CITY

The older I get the more readily I come to the conclusion that some people can do more than one thing quite successfully thank you very much. One example that springs to mind is Conrad Black who for a while was very successful as a newspaperman. Now he is becoming better known for his excellent string of modern histories.

Another is perennial rock and roll star Bryan Adams. Long known for his success in cutting like a knife on the record charts he has also been building a parallel career as a photographer. Adams’ work is stunning and from February 19, 2015 to June 14, 2015 Bryan Adams Exposed will be showing at the Musee National des Beaux Arts in Quebec City.

His portrait of a prancing Sir Mick Jagger is revealing as are his shots of Amy Winehouse, Lindsay Lohan, Kate Moss, Ben Kingsley and Queen Elizabeth II.

The 130 piece exhibition is roughly divided between celebrities and his recent work which consists of British soldiers who have fought in Afghanistan and Iraq. Many of the photographs are in large formats and are in black and white and colour.

Winter 2015

 

The older I get the more readily I come to the conclusion that some people can do more than one thing quite successfully thank you very much. One example that…