Last February, four gallery owners met in order to revisit the contemporary art fair formula as it is currently known in Montreal. Spurred by a common desire to present as complete a cross-section of contemporary art movements as possible, they initiated the organization of their own event apart from the one organized by The Contemporary Art Galleries Association (AGAC), of which they are otherwise all active members.
It is with great pleasure that the Eric Devlin, Yves Laroche, Robert Poulin, and Lacerte Art contemporain galleries announce the very first edition of the Art Contemporain Pour Tous (ACPT) fair. The event, taking place from April 23 to April 26, will bring together ten galleries under one roof, in a space occupying more than 7500 square feet on St-Laurent Boulevard, at the entrance to little Italy.
By featuring the work of painters, sculptors, engravers, photographers, glassmakers, graffiti artists, and artists working in other mediums as well, the ACPT asserts its taste for diversity in contemporary art. The self-imposed mandate of the participating galleries is to involve the public in a strong and exhilarating visual experience conferred by a disparate and complementary artistic selection. Moreover, by design the event is made accessible to all via its street-level location.
Visitors to the ACPT will have the opportunity to see the works of upcoming Inuit contemporary artists and to get a taste of the energy displayed by the Espace Verre-trained artists that Elena Lee has been championing for the past forty years. They will discover Street Art, the stunning creations of outsiders artists proposed by Espace Robert Poulin and La Galerie des Nanas. Master printer Alain Piroir will exhibit the incredible engravings he’s made with certain Québécois and international artists. Naturally, the public will also find an array of the latest big names in Canadian contemporary art, as well as those who have left their mark on our history, such as Borduas, Riopelle, Serge Lemoyne, Jack Bush, Marcelle Ferron, Jean McEwen, Jacques Hurtubise, and many more.
The objective of the ACPT is to make itself a part of the Montreal artistic landscape, but it is also to connect with other fairs of international repute in the coming years.
Where: 6355 Saint-Laurent Blvd, (south of Beaubien)
When: April 23 to 26, 2015, from 11am to 6pm. Sunday from 11am to 5pm.
In the presence of our honorary sponsor:
Louis Pelletier, artist and ex-curator of the Loto-Québec collection.