Curator Crunch: Borduas and Riopelle Against the World
13 november, 2019
Free lunchtime presentations at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery
Join Manager of Collections and Exhibitions John Leroux each month for an exciting, intimate, and fast-paced look at artworks on display, designed to comfortably fit in your lunch break. See what these artworks say, and how they connect us with the world – how’s that for “food for thought”?
In November: In the late 1940s, Quebec witnessed an intense social and cultural revolution started by a group of artists who called themselves the "Automatistes." With their freshly-printed book Refus Global (Global Refusal) as their philosophical mantra, they used their art and their words to change what they saw as a tired, cautious, and conservative French-Canadian society. Their abstract art was at the avant-garde of Canadian painting, and leading the way were the palette knife paintings of Paul-Émile Borduas and Jean-Paul Riopelle. The pair's thickly-painted works speak to the political energy and artistic changes of the era, as well as evocations of Canadian landscape and a world going full colour.
Time: 12:15 PM