Eve-Lyne Beaudry, Gilles Daigneault, Madeleine Forcier and Nicolas Mavrikakis

Éditions Graff
92 pp 50 col ill. 10.5 x 8.5 in softcover
$25.00 Can. $25.00 U.S.
December 2016
Pierre Ayot was part of a group of artists from the 1960s who shattered the boundaries and frameworks of visual arts. One of the first artists who can be qualified as multidisciplinary, Ayot’s work spanned photography, silkscreen printing, installations and videos. He was influential not only as as an artist, but as an educator, and as founder of Montreal’s first collective studio which subsequently became known as Graff, a centre for research, production and dissemination of contemporary art. Published to accompany a multi-venue event, this publication serves as both monograph and exhibition catalogue. Original essays by art critics and curators provide a wide range of approaches that befit such a multi-faceted figure. Nicolas Mavrikakis focuses on Ayot’s place at the heart of the social, cultural and political issues of his times, while Eve-Lyne Beaudry contextualizes his career in the major artistic movements in Europe (New Realism, Narrative Figuration) and America (Neo-dadaism, Pop Art) and Gilles Daigneault proposes a timeline in four parts, showing the multidisciplinary and unclassifiable nature of Ayot’s legacy. Edited and with an introduction by Madeleine Forcier. In English and French.

The artist:
Pierre Ayot (1943 -1995) had more than 30 solo exhibitions in Canada and abroad, and participated in numerous group exhibitions. His works can be found in most major Canadian collections as well as many collections abroad including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Tate Gallery.

The authors:
Eve-Lyne Beaudry is curator of contemporary art at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. Gilles Daigneault is an art critic as well as the director of the Guido Molinari Foundation in Montreal. Madeleine Forcier is director of galerie Graff in Montreal. Nicolas Mavrikakis is an art critic currently writing for Le Devoir.

Exhibition venues:
Fondation Guido Molinari ; Galerie B-312; Galerie Graff ; Galerie Joyce Yahouda; Grande Bibliothèque; Parc Jeanne-Mance.

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