The Painting Project. A Snapshot of Painting in Canada

Authors: Julie Bélisle, Louise Déry, Robert Enright, Nicolas Mavrikakis, Jonathan Shaughnessy

2013, 364 pp., softcover
Col. ill., 21 x 29 cm
© Galerie de l'UQAM, the artists and the authors
ISBN 978-2-920325-49-4

The catalogue provides a unique, masterful picture of the current painting practice in Canada, presented in four sections: Figures of Reality, grouping figurative-based approaches that build on the great painting traditions; Fictional Worlds, composed of figurative works with content either symbolic, inspired by comic strips, the media or illustration, or computer-generated; Painting as Subject, where, by means of quotation, gesture or abstraction, the "how" of painting becomes the subject matter; and Hybrid Practices, in which painting develops through contact with other artistic disciplines to produce object-paintings, text-paintings and photograph-paintings. It includes essays by Julie Bélisle, on the presence of the human figure in current Canadian painting; Louise Déry, on the idea of the exhibition as a panorama and a vehicle for defining identity; Robert Enright, on the passage from 20th-century to 21st-century painting in Canada; Jonathan Shaughnessay, on the collection of painting by national institutions; and a text by Nicolas Mavrikakis on the state of painting in Quebec. Featuring full-colour reproductions of 120 works, detailed entries, and biographical notes for the artists and the authors, it is edited by Audrey Genois with graphic design by Makara. The publication coincides with the exhibition of the same name presented in two parts at Galerie de l'UQAM, from May 1 to June 1 and from June 7 to July 6, 2013, and the virtual exhibition opening online in October 2013 at

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