[Spring-Summer 2018] By James D. Campbell [Excerpt] This round-robin exhibition featured powerful and evocative images of the original site of the recently abandoned Royal Victoria Hospital. Eleven Montreal artists were invited by the RBC Art and Heritage Centre of the McGill University Health Centre to tour the original site. It had been vacant since the […]
October 28, 2019 [originally published in CV102 in Winter 2016] — For a Westerner travelling, it’s quite easy to take striking pictures of India. But what is being portrayed in these images is simply culture shock. One stays at a distance. Since I was in Mumbai to work, what was urgent for me was not so much to take pictures as to understand…
[Winter 2016] Globalization is making us more aware of the realities of the entire planet through news, visits, and business travel. In addition, urbanization and consumer markets are tending to bring cultures and lifestyles ever closer to each other. Even so, and fortunately, diversity and differences remain. What is more, the most radical forms […]
[Winter 2016] What can hold things together and forge intersections in universes as different as the ones gathered in these pages, if it is not that they address a few aspects of our common condition that is increasingly shaped by the current path of globalization? The opening of borders in the contemporary era, inaugurated […]
April 6, 2016 [originally published in Summer 2010] — Why is it that Raymonde April’s art always occupies the foreground of my consciousness when I think about photography – about what it is and what it can be ? Even as flashier and more graphically cinematographic photography rules the proverbial roost in the art world right now, April, a maverick artist, has long since staked out her territory and made it her wholly and uniquely her own.
October 15, 2015 [originally published on March 31, 2010] — Looking back over twenty years and trying to retrace the path of experiments with images, we start in the early 1990s, when a couple of newcomers, Alain Paiement and Roberto Pellegrinuzzi, were already starting to turn heads. In an essay published in 1992, Denis Lessard tried to show what these artists owed to the heritage of Pierre Boogaerts, Bill Vazan, and Serge Tousignant.1 He also mentioned the work, then new, of Raymonde April, Lucie Lefebvre, and Denis Farley. This effort at historical perspective was out of place at the time, when the lion’s share of attention in the critical environment was being paid to the rebirth of installation art and the manner in which photography and, soon, the photographic would be inserted into it.
[Summer 2009] by Jacques Doyon For several decades, contemporary art has been on display in the public spaces of Quebec’s urban areas, thanks to the creation of public art programs. Photography was long excluded from these programs, and even today it has limited visibility. Some initiatives have been undertaken in recent years, however, that stand […]
[Spring 2008] Following a first purchase, a work by Julia Margaret Cameron (United Kingdom, nineteenth century), the Lazare family has moulded the photographic content of it’s collection over the past twenty-five years to form what is a mainly contemporary ensemble of emotionally rich portraits and nostalgic landscapes. Whether it is a poetic photograph of the […]
[Spring 2005] This article was originally published only in French. You can read it by switching over to the French version of this page. Abstract The author observes, first, that the artist maintains an emotional relationship with nature and that an ontology of the landscape is manifested in her work because there is a profound […]
[Spring 2005] by Jacques Doyon This issue of CV ciel variable is extraordinary in more than one way. Our portfolio pages are devoted exclusively to presenting a work that we feel is particularly important, Reading Room for the Working Artist, Angela Grauerholz’s most recent piece. This issue also includes an insert, produced in collaboration with […]
[Summer 2002] This article was originally published only in French. You can read it by switching over to the French version of this page. Marc Trivier, Le paradis perdu Yves Gevaert éditeur et le Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain, Bruxelles, 2001, 192 p. Raymonde April, L’eau renversée avec Patrick Coutu, Charles Guilbert, Serge Murphy, […]
[Winter 2000-2001] This article was originally published only in French. You can read it by switching over to the French version of this page. Summary This text, the product of parallel readings of Mercure, a novel by Amélie Nothomb, and L’avenir de la mémoire, an essay by Fernand Dumont, explores the tight links between identity, […]
[Fall 1999] by Martha Langford Last time (the first time), millennial anxiety was deferred by a strategic announcement from the church fathers: the population’s fears of the apocalypse were premature, for the year to worry about was not 1000, but 1033. Logical enough, and pretty clever, for by then one could expect the people to […]
[Winter 1994-1995] by Régis Durand In a story by Gianni Celati, one of the narrators recounts the case of two women who appear to be haunted or inhabited by images: “The man from the bookshop in Mantova believed that they deemed their existence of very little importance. It appeared to him that they considered themselves […]