The Automatiste Revolution
February 15 - May 12, 2013
Opening reception: Friday, February 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm
Curated by Roald Nasgaard & Ray Ellenwood
Organized and circulated by the Varley Art Gallery of Markham
This exhibition includes 60 works of art, as well as photographs, books, and other ephemera documenting the history of the Automatiste, Canada’s first truly avant-garde art movement.
The Automatistes were the first artists to bring modernist painting to Canada and the first Canadian artists to embrace avant-garde gestural abstraction. Gathered under the leadership of Paul-Émile Borduas in the early 1940s, they were inspired by stream-of-consciousness writings of the time and approached their works through an exploration of the subconscious. They published Refus global (Total Refusal) in 1948 and it became one of the pillars of the Quiet Revolution, a period of intense change in Quebec. Refus global was an anti-religious and anti-establishment manifesto—one of the most controversial artistic and social documents in modern Quebec.
The Automatistes were not solely painters, but also included dancers, playwrights, poets, critics, and choreographers. After twenty years of challenging the politically and religiously repressive Quebec society, the Automatiste group disbanded in 1960 after the death of Borduas.
33rd Annual Art Auction
The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie’s 33rd Annual Art Auction will be taking place on Saturday, April 13, 2013. Mark your calendars to save the date for the Art Gallery’s largest fundraiser of the year. All funds raised at the Art Auction directly support The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Doors open at 6:45 pm
Teresa Sargent Hall, Montrose Cultural Centre,
9839 – 103 Avenue, Grande Prairie, AB
Tickets are available now!
Tickets are $100 each
IN PERSON: Purchase tickets in person at the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, 9839 – 103 Avenue.
PHONE: Call the Gallery at (780) 532-8111 and speak to reception to purchase your tickets over the phone.
FAX: Download this year’s Ticket Order Form
and fax it to (780) 539 – 9522, or email email@example.com
Reminder to Donating Artists - Deadline March 1st
If you're an artist and you're interested in donating your artwork to the Gallery's annual Art Auction, please follow the links below to view the artist letter with details about the auction and the artist contract. If you would like to receive a copy of the artist letter and contract in the mail, please call the Gallery at (780) 357 – 7490 to make arrangements.
2013 Letter to Artists
2013 Artist Contract