Art this week

All about the Papier 15 and Art Contemporain Pour Tous fairs plus plenty more vernissages, roundtables, talks and tours.

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Work by Jerôme Fortin at Papier 15 (PFOAC Booth)


Art lovers of Montreal, hold onto your hats because this may just be the biggest week of the year. Montreal’s signature art fair, Papier, will be on this weekend and has moved to Mile End from its previous outdoor tent set-up at Place des Arts. This year the fair, dedicated to showcasing artworks on paper and featuring over 40 Canadian art galleries including many of your favourites from Montreal, will take place on the upper floors of Complexe de Gaspé, situating itself in the midst of a community of galleries, artist-run centres and studios in the massive former textile factory. The move is allowing the fair to greatly expand its programming to offer screenings, roundtables, tours and more, in addition to the visual art on display. The fair is open all day long Friday through Sunday, with a public vernissage Friday evening. Check out the Papier15 website for full programming details.


Work by Henriette Valium at Art Contemporain Pour Tous
Work by Henriette Valium at Art Contemporain Pour Tous

This weekend also marks the first edition of the brand-new art fair Art Contemporain Pour Tous, organized by a group of Montreal galleries including Eric Devlin, Yves Laroche, Robert Poulin and Lacerte. Ten galleries will present works ranging from painting, sculpture, street art, photography, glass works and more. Head to Little Italy for the fair’s vernissage Thursday evening. Full programming is available at the fair’s website here.


Naturally, when a big event like Papier occurs, you can expect several other shows to crop up around the same time. This means a lot of exciting things happening within a handy radius of the fair. I’ll get to these events in a moment, but first let’s have a look at a couple of things going on tonight.


Work by Kim Dorland at Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran
Work by Kim Dorland at Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran

Wednesday’s big show is in Griffintown’s Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran, with painter Kim Dorland opening his show I’ve Seen the Future, Brother, named for a Leonard Cohen lyric. The works, rendered in a variety of mediums from oil to acrylic to spray paint, inject a bit of modern urbanity into the classic Canadian landscape, giving the viewer a strange sense of nostalgia from the future. 1892 Payette, Wednesday, April 22, 58 p.m.


'The Rebel' by Shelley
‘The Rebel’ by Shelley Niro

Thursday is a huge day, with 10 different openings going on. If you’re free in the afternoon, you won’t want to miss a roundtable at Concordia’s FOFA Gallery in conjunction with the opening exhibition The Rebel Yells: Dress and Political Re-Dress in Contemporary Indigenous Art. The exhibition centres around work by artists who have been influenced by Shelley Niro’s iconic photograph, The Rebel. Thursday’s roundtable will feature a discussion between Shelley Niro, Skawenatti and Dayna Danger on the topic of Intergenerational Photography: Community, Representation and Rebellion. 1515 Ste-Catherine W., Thursday, April 23, roundtable at 3 p.m. followed by vernissage from 59 p.m.


Work by Catherine Everett at Han Art
Work by Catherine Everett at Han Art

Also on Thursday at Westmount’s Han Art, check out a vernissage for For All We Know, featuring new works by neo-expressionist Catherine Everett. 4209 Ste-Catherine W., Thursday, April 23, 69 p.m.


A very important event is happening on Friday with the support of 15 different Montreal galleries and artist-run centres including the MAC, DHC/ART, SBC Gallery, Articule, Darling Foundry and many more. Perhaps you’ve heard that Cuban-American performance artist Tania Bruguera had been detained and is now facing charges in Cuba after attempting to re-stage her 2009 performance art piece Tatlin’s Whisper #6 in Havana. The piece would invite citizens and passersby to speak freely into a microphone in a public square for one minute each about their thoughts and ideas about the future of their country. Artists around the world are expressing their condemnation of the Cuban government over the censorship of this work, and the Montreal arts community will be joining the chorus by re-enacting the piece on Friday in the Place des Festivals. The public is invited to participate and show solidarity with Tania and other artists around the world who face similar barriers to their freedom of expression. Jeanne-Mance between Ste-Catherine & de Maisonneuve, Friday, April 24, 122 p.m.


Work by Dylan Miner at Articule
Work by Dylan Miner at Articule

Later Friday, head to Articule for the vernissage of Dylan Miner’s Silence of Sovereignty, an exhibition that uses everyday, mundane objects and field recordings from aboriginal communities both on- and off-reserve and a cartography of land-based experiences that ignore colonial artificial borders. 262 Fairmount W., Friday, April 24, artist talk at 5:30 p.m., vernissage at 7 p.m.


'Visage D'Écorce' by Ian Langohr at Marge Papier
‘Visage D’Écorce’ by Ian Langohr at Marge Papier

Speaking of Mile End, let’s talk about some of the other events surrounding the Papier Fair this weekend. You’ll want to explore the whole building, because several of the galleries housed there will be offering open houses and extended hours. Of special note is that a few stories down from Papier, you’ll find Marge Papier, a group show with 15 artists including Beth Frey, kimura byol and Ian Langohr. 5445 de Gaspé, #602, throughout the weekend.


Just around the corner from the fair, you can take in an outdoor display of a variety of works at Espace 40’s Sans-Papiers – Art in an Irregular Situation, held on the covered terrasse just outside the gallery. Inside the doors, the group show XL3 will open with a vernissage Friday. This show will feature large scale works from 30 Montreal artists including Zoltan Veevaete,Julie Robinson and Nathan Bartley. 160 St-Viateur E., #108, throughout the weekend.


Work by Poitras at Galerie Roccia
Work by Jean-Claude Poitras at Galerie Roccia

On the Main, Galerie ROCCIA will hold an open house on Saturday with renowned fashion illustrator Jean-Claude Poitras, whose works are currently on display in the gallery. 5692 St-Laurent, Saturday April 25, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.


On Saturday,CanadianArt Magazine is hosting a Gallery-Hop day with a number of special events, including tours and talks at galleries all across town, from shuttles leaving from the Papier Fair site. A closing party takes place at Dazibao. Full program details available here.


As you can see, this is a huge week for the Montreal arts community with tons of work on display, so go early, go often, and enjoy this week’s creative energy!




April 22, 6–10 p.m.

Espace Fibre – 2665 Augustin-Cantin, 2nd Floor

Holding Space – Group Show

To April 25


April 22, 5–8 p.m.

Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran – 1892 Payette

I’ve Seen the Future, Brother – Kim Dorland

To May 30


April 22, 6–8 p.m.

l’Espace Musée de Québecor – 612 St-Jacques

Écrits et pensées – Louis Beaudreault

To June 26


April 23, 6–10 p.m.

Eastern Bloc – 7240 Clark

Harbinger – Concordia Intermedia/Cyberarts Graduates

To April 25


April 23, Open from 2 p.m., Vernissage 5–9 p.m.

Art Contemporain Pour Tous – 6355 St-Laurent

Art Contemporain Pour Tous – Festival

To April 26


April 23

Espace 40 (Mile End) – 160 St-Viateur E., #108

Sans-Papiers – Art in an Irregular Situation – Group Show

To April 26


April 23, 5–8 p.m.

Galerie l’Artiste – 1121 de Bellechasse

Différences Collectives – Group Show

To April 26


April 23, 5 p.m.

Expo de Casier – Pavillon Judith-Jasmin, 1400 Berri, #J-5097

Julie Maude Gosselin + Simon Déragon

To April 30


April 23, 5–8 p.m

Galerie Gora – 279 Sherbrooke W., #205

Pierre Paquin

To May 2


April 23, 5–8 p.m.

E. K. Voland Art Gallery – 4710 St-Ambroise, #100

Trove – Carolina Echeverria + Julia Pomeroy

To May 5


April 23, 5:30 p.m.

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

Passage à découvert 2015 – Group show of graduating BFA students

To May 9


April 23, 6–9 p.m.

Han Art – 4209 Ste-Catherine W.

For All We Know – Catherine Everett

To May 18


April 23, Roundtable 3–5 p.m., Vernissage + Performance 5–7 p.m.

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

En Masse – Alison Loader + Chris Plenzich

The Rebel Yells: Dress and Political Re-Dress in Contemporary Indigenous Art – Group Show

To May 29


April 23, 7–11 p.m.

BBAM! Gallery – 3255 St-Jacques

Psychethelia Art: Manic Expression – Teo Robinson

To May 31


April 24, Open from noon, Vernissage 6–9 p.m.

Papier 15 – 5445 de Gaspé

To April 26


April 24

Marge Papier Group Show – 5445 de Gaspé, #602

To April 26


April 24, 6–9 p.m.

The Long Haul Art Studios – 450 / 454 Beaumont

Paper & Bones – Karen Boyles + Razielle Aigen + Bronwen Moen

To April 26


April 24, 6–11 p.m.

Espace 40 (Mile End) – 160 St-Viateur E., #108

XL3 – Group Show

To May 1


April 24, 6 p.m.

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

My Prisoner – Velibor Božović

Euh…non pas le premier soir. Les jeunes filles ne veulent pas d’histoire – Gabrielle Lajoie-Bergeron

To May 23


April 24, Artist talk at 5:30 p.m., Vernissage at 7 p.m.

Articule – 262 Fairmount W.

Silence of Sovereignty – Dylan Miner

To May 24


April 25, 3–6 p.m.

POPOP Gallery – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #442)

The Cleansing – Tammy Salzl

To May 9


April 25, 3–5 p.m.

Art45 – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #220)

Michael Smith

To May 23


April 26, 6–9 p.m.

Alt Art & Design – 3963 Ste-Catherine E.

Urbanité – Group Show

To May 22


Last Call:


Montreal City Hall – 275 Notre-Dame E.

Montreal Nightlife – Photography

To April 23


Art Mûr – 5826 St-Hubert

Moving Still / Still Moving – Group Show

Fracture – Jannick Deslauriers

Cry Babies – Jonathan Hobin

To April 25


Occurrence – 5455 de Gaspé, #108

Le présage – Josée Pedneault

Alarm Songs: Leisure Machine – Dominique Sirois

To April 25


Atelier Circulaire – 5445 de Gaspé, #105

Appearances – Wieslaw Haladaj

To April 25 – Finissage with Artist Talk April 25, 4 p.m.


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

A Few Good Words That Still Work, And the Tide – Dil Hildebrand

Endless Paper – Nelson Henricks

To April 25


Parisian Laundry – 3550 St-Antoine W.

Carlos & Jason Sanchez

To April 25


La Castiglione – 5761 St-Laurent

Expolaroid – Group Show

To April 25


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

Téléportation – Guillaume La Brie + Satoru Tamura

Mécanismes – Philippe Chabot

To April 25


Galerie Richelieu – 7903 St-Denis

Bertrand Tremblay

To April 25


Occurrence – 5455 de Gaspé, #108

Fig. 10 – exposition – Cas de figure – Group Show

To April 26 – Finissage April 25, 6 p.m.


Galerie d’Este – 4396 St-Laurent

Pierre-Yves Girard

To April 26


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

Mal Floral – Sébastien Pesot

To April 26


Maison de la culture de Notre-Dame-de-Grâce – 3755 Botrel

La résistance – Jinny Yu

Sublimer le tranquille – André Dubois

To April 26


Fondation Guido Molinari – 3290 Ste-Catherine E.

Multi noirs, 1997–2014 – Francine Savard

Goguen, Molinari, Drawings 1954–1959

To April 26


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

The Greeks – Agamemnon to Alexander the Great

To April 26


Galerie Patrick Mikhail – 4445 St-Antoine W.

Untitled Photographic Pictures – Andrew Wright

To April 26


Ongoing Shows:


Galerie Le 1040 – 1040 Marie-Anne E.

Adèle Blais

To April 27


Canadian Centre for Architecture – 1920 Baile

Rooms You May Have Missed – Bijoy Jain + Umberto Riva

To April 29


Fresh Paint 256 – 256 Ste-Catherine E.

Work In Progress – MC Baldassari

To April 30


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

Correspondance 2 – Group Show

To April 30


Mouseprint Gallery – 1515 Ste-Catherine W., EV-9.416

Sketch – Group Show

To April 30


Death of Vinyl – 6307 St-Laurent

Hyperdoodling HallucinoGenesis – John Lanthier

To April 30


Centre Culturel Simon Bolivar – 394 de Maisonneuve W.

Projet Mueve – Group Show

To April 30


Artexte – 2 Ste-Catherine E., #301

[Dis]Identifications: Challenging Dominant Narratives of Black people in Canada – EAHR (Ethnocultural Art Histories Research Group)

Tracing Asian Canadian Art Histories and Aesthetic Alliances – EAHR (Ethnocultural Art Histories Research Group)

To April 30


Galerie ABYSS – 1520 Notre-Dame W.

Monsters – Group Show

To April 30


Galerie d’Avignon – 88 Laurier E.

Yves Décarie

To April 30


Galerie 203 – 203 Notre-Dame W.

Ozereso – François La Borie

To April 30


VAV Gallery – 1395 René-Lévesque W.

Eponyme – Graduating Photography Students Group Show

To May 1


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

Bee Works – Sarah Hatton

To May 2


Canadian Guild of Crafts – 1460-B Sherbrooke W.

Go Big or Go Home! – Filipa Pimentel

To May 2


Galerie Bernard – 3926 St-Denis

Robert Deschênes

To May 2


Diagonale – 5455 de Gaspé, #110

Pelt (Bestiary) – Ingrid Bachmann

To May 2


Beaux-Arts des Amériques – 3944 St-Denis

Présences – Karen Thomson

To May 2


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

Angles de dérive – Amélie Proulx

In the Pit of Idolatry – Gabriel Morest

To May 2


Galerie Dominique Bouffard – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #508)

L’anatomie du Bling – Sébastien Pesot

To May 2


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

Galerie I: Marble Intimacy – Elise Lafontaine + Jonathan Théroux

Galerie II: Every Riven Thing – Daisy Tsai

To May 2


TOHU – 2345 Jarry

Kiribati en péril – Matthieu Rytz

To May 3


Galerie ROCCIA – 5692 St-Laurent

Jean-Claude Poitras


To May 3 – Open House with Artists, April 25, 11a.m.–5 p.m.


L’Espace Culturel Georges Émile Lapalme (Place des Arts) – 175

Ste-Catherine W.

Have Fingers Will Travel – A Tribute to Oliver Jones – Group Show

To May 4


Arsenal Montreal – 2020 William

PRISM – David Spriggs

To May 9


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

The Stranger Who Licked Salt Back Into Our Eyes – Brent Meistre

To May 9


Maison de la culture Ahuntsic-Cartierville – 10300 Lajeunesse

Câliboire – Simon Beaudry

To May 9


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

Banque du Canada – Moridja Kitenge Banza

Cris et Féminités – Nathalie Rodach

To May 9


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

Tableaux récents – Richard Mill

To May 9


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

La création de l’univers – Emmanuelle Jacques

To May 9


Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain Project Space (PFOAC221) – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #221)

Lucie Duval

To May 9


Galerie Youn – 5226 St-Laurent

Film Scores – Sarah Nind

The Beauty in the Banal – Martin Ouellette

To May 10


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

Sophie Calle: For the Last and First Time

Simon Starling: Metamorphology

To May 10


Le repaire des 100 talents – 5867 St-Hubert

Ultramarine – Group Show

To May 10


Galerie D – 1200 Amherst, #102

Lumière de brume – Michel Monett

Jérôme Grenier

To May 12


Espace VERRE – 1200 Mill

Semina Percurrenta: From Both Sides of the Border – Jean-Simon Trottier + Montserrat Duran Muntades

To May 15


La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse – 4296 St-Laurent

Face – Insoon Ha

To May 15


Galerie Graff – 963 Rachel E.

Les Minutes – Raphaëlle de Groot

To May 16


Galerie Simon Blais – 5420 St-Laurent, #100

Papier Calque II – Serial Colour – Group Show

Blue – Catherine Farish

Prints – Sean Scully

To May 16


Galerie Patrick Mikhail – 4445 St-Antoine W.

Dire Oui (Say Yes) – Jennifer Lefort

To May 16


Galerie Nicolas Robert – 10 King

To Remember Through Previous Works on PaperRobert Houle Retrospective 1980–2015

To May 16


Canadian Centre for Architecture – 1920 Baile

Industrial Architecture: Ábalos & Herreros selected by OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen

To May 17


Maison culturelle et communautaire de Montréal-Nord – 12004 Rolland

Noce – Maude Bernier-Chabot

To May 17


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

À vol d’ourse – Dan Brault

To May 23


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

Deux dessins et quelque figures – Laurent Pilon

To May 23


Galerie Roger Bellemare – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #502)

Un pays de Merveilles – Group Show

To May 23


Darling Foundry – 745 Ottawa

Act of Forgetting – Chih-Chien Wang

For Romantic Fantasy – Stephanie Loveless – Artist Talk April 30, 6 p.m.

To May 24


Galerie Lounge TD – 307 Ste-Catherine W., Second Floor

La vie est déjà ailleurs – Pierre Gauvreau + Janine Carreau

To May 24


Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – 1380 Sherbrooke W.

Mégantic in Pictures – Benoit Aquin

To May 24, 2015


Rack Galerie – 3714 Notre-Dame W.

Flecken – Patrice Cantin

To May 26


La Lumière du Mile End – 214 Bernard W.

Linda Luttinger

To May 28


Galerie Donald Browne – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #528)

Rubbing the Kaki – Jon Knowles

To May 30


Battat Contemporary – 7245 Alexandra, #100

Un certaine instabilité émotionelle – Sophie Jodoin

To May 30


Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – 1380 Sherbrooke W.

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

To May 31


Les Impatients – 100 Sherbrooke E., #4000

Mythologies impatients – Diane Obomsawin + Jacinthe Loranger + Michel Langevin + Thomas Bégin

To June 4


Optica – 5455 de Gaspé, #106

Polyphonies – Group Show

To June 13


Galerie Thomas Henry Ross – 5445 de Gaspé, #423

Capitalism in the 21st Century

To June 19


1700 La Poste – 1700 Notre-Dame W.

Vladimir Velickovic

to June 21


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

From Age to Age, as Its Shape Slowly Unravelled… – Raymond Boisjoly

Lucy Raven

To June 27


Galerie Samuel Lallouz – 1455 Sherbrooke W.

Africa – Barthélémy Toguo

To June 30


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

Beat National

To July 25


Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – 1380 Sherbrooke W.

Marion Wagschal: Portraits, Memories, Fables

To August 9


McCord Museum – 690 Sherbrooke W.

Camp Fires: The Queer Baroque of Léopold L. Foulem, Paul Mathieu and Richard Milette

To Aug. 16


Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – 1380 Sherbrooke W.

From Gainsborough to Moore: 200 Years of British Drawings

To August 16


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

New Discoveries and Other Obsessions

To Sept. 27