The Anti-Sublime

Exhibition view

The Anti-Sublime

A very big painting show with some of Montreal’s finest painters.

The sublime is an esthetic experience very close to beauty. But when we look at an 18th century painting, we can’t appreciate it the way its painter represented the sublime : an appreciation mixed with fear, horror.

This show united 25 painters that either paint or show in Montreal, and are preoccupied in some way by landscape. In the show, four strategies are explored that unite these painters : the romantics; the imaginary landscape; the image of landscape; oblique landscapes.

The amount of painted landscape of the show gave a good idea of what painters do with the immense heritage of landscape painting. The Anti-Sublime is a way of evoking the slow disappearing of notions of nature, conscience and transcendence in contemporary landscape painting.

Judith Berry, Michel Boulanger, Evelyn Boulva, Paul Bourgault, Martin Bureau, Amélie Desjardins, Melissa Doherty, Renée Duval, Dominique Gaucher, David Gillanders, Dominique Goupil, David Hall, Dil Hildebrand, Peter Hoffer, Harlan Johnson, David Lafrance, Guy Laramée, Jean-François Lauda, Rick Leong, Maclean,Louise Robert, Marc Séguin, François Vincent, Sébastien Worsnip

From September 2nd to October 3rd, 2010

Maison de la culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal
465, avenue du Mont-Royal Est
Montréal, Québec H2J 1W3