Looking for something to do or see this month? Here at The Main we’ve chosen our top picks of art exhibitions and events going on this December. Don’t be afraid to get out there and explore a new gallery, artist, or unique art event in the city — our December art guide’s got you covered!
On all month @ Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (1380 Sherbrooke Street West)
Most of us are familiar with the work of Andy Warhol; his Campbell’s Soup cans and Marilyn Monroe prints are everywhere these days. Now, Paul Maréchal reveals his collection of posters and illustrations from Warhol’s commissioned magazine works at the MMFA, giving us a whole new perspective on the artist’s graphic design techniques. Meant for advertising purposes, Andy’s posters are impactful and dramatic, exemplifying his Pop Art techniques. Tickets and information are available online.
Richard Mosse — The Enclave
On all month @ DHC/ART (465 Saint-Jean)
Irish artist Richard Mosse’s audiovisual installation is now in Montreal after being displayed at the 55th Venice Biennal. The artist, along with cinematographer Trevor Tweeten and composer Ben Frost, travelled to the Congo to chronicle life in unstable and rebel-occupied areas of the country which are rarely covered in Western media. Filmed using U.S. military-developed technology for aerial surveillance, the infrared film turns anything green into a rich shade of hot pink. This creates a visually striking and surreal aesthetic, while the encompassing screens and audio compositions makes it seem as if you are really in the Congo. Visit DHC/ART to find out more.
Valérie Belin — Surface Tension
On all month @ DHC/ART (451 Saint-Jean)
We had to include both exhibitions at DHC/ART this month—make a day out of it and go explore! The gallery presents an exhibition of photography from French artist Valérie Belin. She plays with chromatic intervention using digital tools, creating beautifully altered images which reference traditions of still life, portraiture and sculpture. Her still life images are our favourites, arranged with items like mannequin heads, Slinkys, and plastic toys. More on this exhibition can be found here.
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Kent Monkman — Urban Res
On until December 20 @ Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain (372 Ste-Catherine Street West)
An exhibition of new paintings from celebrated Canadian Cree artist Kent Monkman features narrative scenes of tattooed Renaissance angels, totem pole power lines, and figures borrowed from Picasso’s cubism next to Aboriginal thugs. These sensational images confront both historical and contemporary Indigenous experiences and issues in an urban setting. His juxtaposition of unexpected characters and shocking occurrences is both entertaining and ingenious. Monkman recently won the Hnatyshyn Prize for excellence in the visual arts and the 2014 Indspire Award. Don’t miss this chance to see his works in the flesh! Visit the PFOAC website for more info.
Which December art events are you going to attend?