Multiple artists

Geometric and Minimalist Art
April 2, 2022 to May 14, 2022

The group exhibition Geometric and Minimalist Art brings together works by the following artists : Barry Allikas, Hans Arp, Marcel Barbeau, Marie-Eve Beaulieu, Jean-Sébastien Denis, Kosso Eloul, Yves Gaucher, Betty Goodwin, Robert Hedrick, Jean-Paul Jérôme, Denis Juneau, Stéphane LaRue, Fernand Leduc, François-Xavier Marange, Mario Mérola, Guido Molinari, David Nash, Jessica Peters, Françoise Sullivan and Irene F. Whittome.

The exhibition deals essentially with geometric abstraction and its possible extensions, such as minimalist art. It gives an account of the perenniality and universality of this current that has crossed the 20th and 21st centuries, a current characterized by a certain form of rigorism. The elementary principles which constitute the foundations are the abolition of the third dimension and a contrario the development of the bidimensionality; a pictorial matter which does not convey any more emotions, but which must be perceived only for what it is; the line and the colour as means of expression; and finally, the use of the primary colours, that is to say yellow, blue and red.

In Montréal, geometric abstraction was embodied by personalities who belonged mainly to the second generation of the Plasticiens, such as Guido Molinari, Denis Juneau, Yves Gaucher, Claude Tousignant and Jean Goguen. From the mid-1950s to the 1970s, the plastic aesthetic was at the forefront of the scene, and motif was king. The artists favoured a formal vocabulary, hard-edge surfaces and compositions that tended toward a subtle balance between volumes and spaces.

It is important to underline the determining influence that the American art scene, New York more precisely, has had on the Montréal pole. The Québec-based artists observed what was being done in the United States and even spent time there. The works of Mark Rothko (1903-1970), Barnett Newman (1905-1970) and Josef Albers (1888-1976), to name but a few, sparked a keen interest among Canadian visual artists.

The works in the exhibition highlight the diversity of approaches of the artists presented, all generations included, whose common project was to develop a formal language. A new dialogue is thus created between these different methods.

Image: Jean-Paul Jérôme, "Comètes", 1993, acrylic on canvas, 142 x 168 cm

Works related to this exhibition

Françoise Sullivan

Les damiers no. 7

Acrylic on canvas
2018
19,8 x 25,5 cm (8 x 10 po)

● not available

Yves Gaucher

Dusk Calm Signals

Acrylic on canvas
1966
101,6 x 203,2 cm (40 x 80 in)
Price available on request

Marie-Eve Beaulieu

Je t'écris une tache, écris-moi une image no. 69

Mixed media on paper
2013
14 x 19 cm (5,5 x 7,5 po)

● not available

Guido Molinari

Sans titre (B/B) - Album Atelier Circulaire (GM-S-103-I-07)

Lithograph on paper
2001
85,5 x 64 cm (33,75 x 25 po)
$ 4000.00 CAD framed

Fernand Leduc

S.G.B.

Silkscreen on paper
1972
76,2 x 50,8 cm (30 x 20 po)
$ 3400.00 CAD framed

Robert Hedrick

Ibiza

Gouache on paper
1981
20,3 x 13,7 cm (8 x 5,5 po)

● not available

Jean-Paul Jérôme

Comètes

Acrylic on canvas
1993
142 x 168 cm (56 x 66 po)

● not available

Mario Mérola

Vibrato bleu outremer

Acrylic on wood relief
1960
122 x 122 cm (48 x 48 po)

● not available

Marie-Eve Beaulieu

Je t'écris une tache, écris-moi une image no. 115

Mixed media on paper
2013
19 x 20 cm (7,5 x 8 po)

● not available

Françoise Sullivan

Tout à (FS0136)

Plexiglass
v. 1969
87 x 21,5 x 31,5 cm (34,25 x 8,5 x 12,5 po)
Price available on request

Irene F. Whittome

Words get in the way # 5

Words on canvas
2007
136 x 189 cm (53,5 x 74,5 po)
Price available on request

Irene F. Whittome

Sans titre (IFW-71-01P)

Etching on paper
1971
52,5 x 75 cm (20,75 x 29,5 po)
$ 3800.00 CAD framed

Betty Goodwin

Two Notes Taped /Deux notes collées avec du ruban adhésif

Print on paper
1974
65,5 x 49,5 cm (25,75 x 19,5 po)
Price available on request

François-Xavier Marange

Un lent lointain II (FXM-09-02G-GSB)

Etching, cutting and chine on paper
2009
54 x 99 cm (21,5 x 39 po)
$ 1500.00 CAD framed

Jean Goguen

Sans titre

Oil on wood
1961
183 x 122 cm (72 x 48 po)

● not available

Jean-Paul Jérôme

La lumière passe de deux

Acrylic on canvas
1993
101,5 x 122 cm (40 x 48 po)

● not available

Hans Arp

Constellation (de l'album Jean Arp)

Silkscreen on paper
1932-1959
66,7 x 50,5 cm (26,25 x 20 po)
$ 1500.00 CAD framed

Denis Juneau

Sans titre

Charcoal and pastel on paper
1962
78 x 58 cm (30,75 x 22,75 po)
Price available on request

Marcel Barbeau

Démarrage

Acrylic on canvas
1994
114 x 146 cm (45 x 57,5 po)

● not available

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