Visual Art: February 2013 Archives
Wednesday February 20, 2013
The Plasticiens were a group of artists in Quebec who first showed their work in 1955.
You may be familiar with the colourful concentric circles of Claude Tousignant, (pictured to the left, Accélérateur chromatique.) or the bold swaths of colour in paintings by Guido Molinari.
The story leading up to the Plasticiens can be traced back to the Refus global, a manifesto published in 1948 demanding artistic and religious freedom.
That manifesto gave rise to a group of artists who were inspired by the surrealists to create in a spontaneous fashion. In Quebec, the group was known as the Automatistes, under Borduas. Riopelle was one of the leading figures.
The Plasticiens followed the Automatistes, and by contrast, they focused on geometry, precise line drawing and targets of colour.
Listen to Jeanette's interview with curator Roald Nasgard to learn more about Les Plasticiens.
Image: Courtesy Musée National des Beaux Arts du Quebec. Claude Tousignant, Accélérateur chromatique, 1968 Acrylique sur toile, 243,84 cm Prêt de l'artiste.
Categories: Visual Art
- June 2013
- March 2013
- Fri., 1 – Are we just nostalgic?
- February 2013
- Wed., 20 – Who were Les Plasticiens?
- January 2013
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- Fri., 21 – Remembering Melvin Charney
- June 2012
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- Sat., 19 – Are all the artists red?
- April 2012
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- Fri., 30 – Arts students in the protest movement
- February 2012
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- Sat., 14 – Winter culture in Canadian art
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- Sat., 28 – Masq'alors
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- Tue., 22 – Corno's Art and Desire