Art this week

Montreal arts highlights, including vernissages and talks about surveillance, kitsch and FOMO, plus full-on gallery and museum listings.

YOUN Smoking Cat detail by Michael CaineDetail of ‘Smoking Cat’ by Michael Caines at Galerie Youn

The Montreal arts scene offers another week of great shows and special events to dig into. Here are a few highlights we’re keeping our eyes on.


Today, Wednesday, artists Jacinthe Loranger and Stéphanie de Couto present their work shrinescapes with a vernissage at the Concordia University MFA Gallery 1395 René-Lévesque W., VA-102, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 5–8 p.m.


Or, stick to the east side and head to Maison de la culture Frontenac to see a retrospective of Jean-Paul Riopelle’s animal themed works, an exhibit that spent the month of December at the Boisé library in Ville St-Laurent. 2550 Ontario E., Wednesday, Jan. 28, 5 p.m.


Thursday is a big day, with five vernissages taking place. At Griffintown’s Arsenal Montreal, David Spriggs presents PRISM, a set of works examining our climate of heightened surveillance, on a monumental scale that could only fit in a former shipbuilding facility. 2020 William, Thursday, Jan. 29, 6 p.m.


'Staying In' by Edith Lebeau at Galerie ABYSS
‘Staying In’ by Edith Lebeau at Galerie ABYSS

Afterwards, take a quick skip over to Galerie ABYSS for the vernissage for Last Year’s Fears curated by Jono Doiron, in which the artists use the canvas to face their biggest nightmares. Works by MC Baldassari, Rupert Bottenberg, Kevin Ledo, Earth Crusher and more will be on display. 1520 Notre-Dame W., Thursday, Jan. 29, 7–10 p.m.


Further uptown at Occurrence, three shows are opening Thursday, including Vert voisin III  in which artist Stéphanie Beaulieu considers, through installation and photography, the effect on our psyches when we constantly compare ourselves and our achievements to that of our friends, neighbours and total strangers over the internet. 5455 de Gaspé, #108, Thursday, Jan. 29, 5:30 p.m.


From Robotis Personae at Eastern Bloc
From Robotis Personae at Eastern Bloc

Also on Thursday, three different artist talks are going down, including the artists behind Robotis Personae at Eastern Bloc (7240 Clark, 2nd Floor, Thursday, Jan. 29, 6 p.m.), Raymonde April at the Concordia Fine Arts Department (1395 René-Lévesque W., #VA-114, 6 p.m.) and Desearch Repartment at Articule (262 Fairmount W., Thursday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m.). Check out our review of Desearch Repartment’s exhibit here.


Work by Megan Ellen MacDonald at Galerie YOUN
Work by Megan Ellen MacDonald at Galerie YOUN

Saturday will be another full day, with six new shows opening. A highlight will be the two shows opening at Galerie Youn, including Mammalia, a set of paintings of animals that resemble selfies by NYC artist Michael Caines (who will be onsite for the vernissage) and LUX by Megan Ellen MacDonald, whose portraits of those kitschy porcelain animal figurines on your grandma’s windowsill elevates them to the positions of honour they’ve always deserved. 5226 St-Laurent, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2–5 p.m.


Work by Jeremy Price at Galerie Espace
Work by Jeremy Price at Galerie Espace

Just down the road, check out new paintings by Jeremy Price at his Galerie Espace show called Roads and Trails. Price’s works depicting Montreal street scenes are complemented in this show with a trip into the countryside. 4844 St-Laurent, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2–5 p.m.


Over at the Belgo, check out the geometric and abstract works of George E. Russell, Demetrios Papakostas and Marc Ledoux at Galerie LUZ (#418, 2–5 p.m.) and holograms, videos and sculptures by Marc Dulude, zipertatou and Inbal Hoffman at Joyce Yahouda Gallery (#516, 4–6 p.m.) (372 Ste-Catherine W., Saturday, Jan. 31, 2–6 p.m.)


In a piece of rather big news, the MAC (Musée d’art contemporain) has announced an appearance by French art star Sophie Calle to coincide with an exhibition of her works opening soon. The artist will speak on Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. Her presentation will be en français, so try to get in a little extra practice beforehand. Tickets are free, but must be picked up in person at the MAC. Check the event page for details.


Don’t forget to check out the full listings below for more openings, closings and ongoing shows!




Jan. 28, 5–8 p.m.

Concordia University MFA Gallery – 1395 René-Lévesque W., Room VA-102

Shrinescapes – Jacinthe Loranger + Stéphanie de Couto


Jan. 28, 5 p.m.

Maison de la culture Frontenac – 2550 Ontario E.

Riopelle: Les migrations du bestiaire – au pays des ouaouarons

To March 1


Jan. 29, 6–9 p.m.

CK2 Gallery – 6560 Esplanade, #203

Five Successive Blows by a Giant Fist – Group Show

To Feb. 19


Jan. 29, 5–7 p.m.

Maison de la culture de Côte-des-Neiges – 5290 Côte-des-Neiges

Peut Mieux Faire: Cahiers d’exercises – Group Show

To Feb. 22

Barcelone: Cinq regards Montréalais – Group Show

To March 8


Jan. 29, 7–10 p.m.

Galerie ABYSS – 1520 Notre-Dame W.

Last Year’s Fears – Group Show

To Feb. 28


'Vert Voisin' by Stéphanie Beaulieu at Occurrence
‘Vert Voisin’ by Stéphanie Beaulieu at Occurrence

Jan. 29, 5:30 p.m.

Occurrence – 5455 de Gaspé, #108

Vert voisin III – Stéphanie Beaulieu

L’image-matière – Benoit Blondeau

Les Inéluctables – CLUCA

To March 7


Jan. 29, 6 p.m.

Arsenal Montreal – 2020 William

PRISM – David Spriggs

To May 9


Jan. 30, 6 p.m. with Artist’s Talk

La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse – 4296 St-Laurent

Se partager les eaux – Marie-France Tremblay

To Feb. 27


Jan. 31, 2–5 p.m.

Galerie Espace – 4844 St-Laurent

Roads and Trails – Jeremy Price

To Feb. 3


Work by George E. Russell at Galerie LUZ
Work by George E. Russell at Galerie LUZ

Jan. 31, 2–5 p.m.

Galerie LUZ – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #418)

Kaleidoscope A–Z, 2010–2014 – George E. Russell

Demetrios Papakostas

Marc Ledoux

To Feb. 21


Jan. 31, 2–5 p.m.

Galerie Youn – 5226 St-Laurent

LUX – Megan Ellen MacDonald

Mammalia – Michael Caines

To Feb. 22


Jan. 31, 2–4:30 p.m.

Montreal Center for Contemporary Textiles – 5800 St-Denis, #501

Le sort, le destin et l’autodétermination – Line Dufour

To Feb. 27


Jan. 31, 4–6 p.m.

Joyce Yahouda Gallery – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #516)

Causalité – Marc Dulude

À la lueur de BéBé Lune – zipertatou

Incubator – Inbal Hoffman – Roundtable Feb. 27, 4 p.m.

To March 14


Jan. 31, 2015

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – 1380 Sherbrooke W.

Marvels and Mirages of Orientalism – Benjamin-Constant in His Time

To May 31


Last Call:


Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – 1380 Sherbrooke W.

Anne Frank – A History for Today

To Jan. 28


Espace Cercle Carré – 36 Queen

Set Against the Ground – Andrée-Anne Carrier + Matthew Thomson

To Jan. 30 – Finissage Jan. 30, 6–9 p.m.


Centre Culturel de Verdun – 5955 Bannantyne

Géométries variables – Virginie Mercure

To Jan. 30


Le Dépanneur Café – 206 Bernard

Boundless – Swarm

To Jan. 31


Galerie Samuel Lallouz – 1455 Sherbrooke W.

Ralph Gibson

To Jan. 31


Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery – 1400 de Maisonneuve W., Ground Floor

Speculations. Risquer l’interprétation: Part 3 – Group Show

To Jan. 31


The McClure Gallery (Visual Arts Centre) – 350 Victoria

January Light, So Light – Karilee Fuglem

To Jan. 31


Boutique FAKE – 72 Rachel E.

José Enrique Montes Hernandez

To Jan. 31


atelier b. – 5758 St-Laurent

Josni Bélanger

To Jan. 31


Usine 106U – 160 Roy E.

Fausse-térité – Group Show

To Jan. 31


Visual Voice Art Gallery – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #421)

Art+Science in Motion – Short Film Group Show

To Jan. 31


Galerie ROCCIA – 5692 St-Laurent

Eric Godin

To Feb. 1


Maison de la culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal – 465 Mont Royal E.

Le dernier intervalle – Karine Payette

To Feb. 1


Galerie d’Art d’Outremont – 41 St-Just

Peter Rochon

To Feb. 1


Ongoing Shows:


Rats 9 – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #530)

Dunce Queen – Margot Klingender

To Feb. 4


VAV Gallery – 1395 René-Lévesque W.

Considering the Exhibition Space – Lorraine Albert + Claudia Edwards + Normand Michaud

To Feb. 6


Espace VERRE – 1200 Mill

Impromptu – Amélie Girard

To Feb. 6


Galerie C.O.A – 6405 St-Laurent

Récidive – Steven Spazuk

To Feb. 7


Dazibao – 5455 de Gaspé,  #109

Light Adjustments – Scott Massey

Future Perfect (Screening Room) – Curated by Boshko Bosković

To Feb. 7


Centre des Arts actuels Skol – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #314)

The Engine Room – Katerina Athanasopoulou + Lena Athanasopoulou + Zoe Giabouldaki

To Feb. 7


Arprim – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #426)

Catalogue des apocalypses ordinaires – Marc-Antoine K. Phaneuf

To Feb. 7


Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) – 185 Ste-Catherine W.

La Biennale de Montréal – Group Show

To Feb. 8


DHC/ART – 451 & 465 St-Jean

The Enclave – Richard Mosse

Surface Tension – Valérie Belin

To Feb. 8


Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – 1380 Sherbrooke W.

The Patriotism of Death: Propaganda Posters From World War I

To Feb. 8


Musée des Maîtres et Artisans du Québec – 615 Sainte-Croix

ARToon – Group Show

To Feb. 8


Galerie D – 1200 Amherst, #102

Group Show Fundraiser for the Fondation du Centre Jeunesse de Montréal

To Feb. 11


Eastern Bloc – 7240 Clark, 2nd Floor

Robotis Personae – Sofian Audry + Samuel St-Aubin & Stephen Kelly + Beatriz Herrera

To Feb. 11


Parisian Laundry – 3550 St-Antoine W.

Drop, Drop Slow Tears – Janet Werner

Uncertain Smile – Jordan Weitzman

To Feb. 14


SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg  #507)

119 m Above Sea Level – Centre de recherche urbaine de Montréal

To Feb. 14


Galerie de l’UQAM – 1400 Berri, Pavillon Judith-Jasmin, Local J-R 120

The Disorderless of Things – Group Show

Transcender l’architecture – Marie-Eve Martel

To Feb. 14


Galerie B-312 – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #403)

Sensing Realities – Group Show

To Feb. 14


Les Territoires – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #527)

Nature Molle – Shanie Tomassini

A Helper – Chih-Chien Wang

To Feb. 14


Galerie Simon Blais – 5420 St-Laurent, #100

Contre-chants – Louise Robert – Meet the Artist Feb. 7, 2 p.m.

Alleyn 360ºi – Edmund Alleyn

To Feb. 14


OBORO – 4001 Berri, #301

Border Stitching – Vessna Perunovich

To Feb. 14


Galerie Trois Points – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #520)

Construction de l’histoire – Group Show

To Feb. 14


Articule – 262 Fairmount W.

Corporate Creativity Workshops for Art – Desearch Repartment

To Feb. 15 – Artist Talk Jan. 29, 7 p.m.


Canadian Centre for Architecture – 1920 Baile

Found in Translation: Palladio and Jefferson

To Feb. 15


Maison culturelle et communautaire de Montréal-Nord – 12004 Rolland

La relève se révèle – Patricia Faubert + Rocio Perez + Merlin

To Feb. 15


Maison de la culture Maisonneuve – 4200 Ontario E.

De l’autre côté du miroir – Catherine Rondeau

To Feb. 15


FOFA Gallery (Concordia Faculty of Fine Arts) – 1515 Ste-Catherine W.

88 Days in Själsö – Sarah A Tremblay

Fathomless – Philippe Caron Lefebvre

Political Poem / I Watch The News – Félipe Goulet Letarte

To Feb. 20


Agora de la danse – 840 Cherrier

Martin Désilets

To Feb. 20


Centre CLARK – 5455 de Gaspé, #114

Valley of the Deer – Jillian McDonald

Les sessions de la paix – Jean-Michel Leclerc

Ruptur – Nelly-Ève Rajotte + Samuel Bobony

To Feb. 21- Finissage w/ Jean-Michel Leclerc Feb. 21, 3 p.m.


Diagonale – 5455 de Gaspé, #110

Chara – Valerie Kolakis

To Feb. 21


VOX Centre de l’Image Contemporaine – 2 Ste-Catherine E.,  #401

James Benning + Jean Marie-Delaville

To Feb. 21


Galerie René Blouin – 10 King

Ari Bayuaji

Serge Murphy

To Feb. 21


Galerie Nicolas Robert – 10 King

If There is a Lake, The Swans Will Go There – Martin Schop

To Feb. 21


Galerie Hugues Charbonneau – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #308)

Made in Britain – Karen Tam

To Feb. 21


Espace Projet – 353 Villeray

Retour sur les quatres routes: Le Corbusier 50+ – Group Show

To Feb. 22


FOFA Gallery (Concordia Faculty of Fine Arts) – 1515 Ste-Catherine W.

Concordia Remembers – Sara A. Tremblay

To Feb. 22


Le repaire des 100 talents – 5867 St-Hubert

Touski – Group Show

To Feb. 27


Atelier Circulaire – 5445 de Gaspé, #105 & #517

Centaur – Konstantinos Meramveliotakis

To Feb. 27


Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain (PFOAC) – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #216)

Strangers in a Strange Land – Ed Pien

To Feb. 28


Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran – 1892 Payette

Out of This Light, Into This Shadow – Juan Ortiz-Apuy

Balancing Zing – Les Ramsay

To Feb. 28


Galerie Lilian Rodriguez – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #405)

Espaces illusoires – Blanche Louise-Michaud + Sarah Osborne + Amélie Riendeau

To Feb. 28


Galerie Laroche/Joncas – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #410)

Places – Lynne Cohen + Sylvie Readman

To Feb. 28


CIRCA art actuel – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #444)

The Uneasy Sleep of the Operator – Sébastien Cliche

Soulèvement social – Sayeh Sarfaraz

To Feb. 28


Art Mûr – 5826 St-Hubert

Reticence – Michelle Lundqvist

Fields – Neil Harrison

Paysage financier – François Raymond

La revente – Group Show

To Feb. 28


Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) – 185 Ste-Catherine W.

The Forgotten Space

To March 15


Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – 1380 Sherbrooke W.

Warhol Mania: A Brand-New Look at his Advertising Posters and Magazine Illustrations

To March 15


McCord Museum – 690 Sherbrooke W.

Frédéric Lavoie – Artist in Residence

To March 15


Optica – 5455 de Gaspé, #106

Études préparatoires. Dessins d’explosions 2012-2015 – Marc-Antoine K. Phaneuf

Palazzo Chupi – Michael Blum

To March 21


Musée du Rock’n’Roll – 2222 Ontario E.

Révolution Rock: The Emergence of Quebecois Rock’n’Roll 19641968

To March 24


McCord Museum – 690 Sherbrooke W.

Love in Fine Fashion

To April 12


Musée du costume et du textile du Québec (MCTQ) – 363 de la Commune E.

Chic & Choc

To April 18


Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History – 350 Place Royale

The Greeks – Agamemnon to Alexander the Great

To April 26


Canadian Centre for Architecture – 1920 Baile

Rooms You May Have Missed – Bijoy Jain + Umberto Riva

To April 29