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Visual Art: February 2012 Archives

Gaëtane Verna has the power

musee_gaetane_35.jpgQuebecer Gaëtane Verna is heading down the 401 to Toronto, where she has been appointed the director of the Power Plant contemporary art gallery.

It's a gallery with an international reputation, and as director she will be a powerful force in the Canadian contemporary art scene.

We reached her as she was packing up her desk at her old job, as director of the Musée d'art de Joliette.

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Here are links to some of the artists Gaëtane mentioned during the interview:

-South African artist Mary Sibande

-Cuban collective Los Carpinteros

-Japanese artist Yayoi Kusuma

-Quebec-based artists Milutin GubashPatrick BérubéValérie BlassGenevieve Cadieux & Jérôme Havre

Art by women in 2012

valerieblass.jpgThere are three conconcurent exhbitions on right now at the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art: Valerie Blass, Ghada Amer, and Wangechi Mutu.

Three powerful female voices, all dealing with issues of the female body, sexuality, and even pornography.

You might be tempted to call it a feminist exhibtion.

Not so fast.

We invited three other prominent women of the Quebec art world into the Cinq à Six studio, to tackle the question of what is the place of l'art au feminin in 2012.

Lesley Johnstone is a curator at the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art. She curated the Valerie Blass exhibition.

Bettina Forget is a multimedia artist, blogger, and author of The Belgo Report.

And Line Ouellet is the director of the Musee national des beaux arts in Quebec City

Listen to their conversation: 

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Click here for more information about "In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States," an exhibition coming to the Musée national des beaux arts du Quebec June 7 to September 3, 2012.

(Photo: Artwork by Valerie Blass, photo courtesy of Montreal Museum of Fine Arts)


Wangechi Mutu at the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art

mothgirls2.jpgNairobi-born sculptor and collage artist Wangechi Mutu is one of three women artists featured in a new show at the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art.

The museum has just purchased a major piece by the artist, called Moth Girls.

In this Cinq à Six Web Exclusive, Jeanette speaks with curator Josée Belisle about Wangechi Mutu and her work.

(Photo: Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art)

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