Lumières: Perception-Projection”

Centre International d'Art Contemporain de Montréal (CIAC)

This grab bag of an exhibition included installations by a host of artists from Europe, the United States, and Canada, all more or less using light as a central element. While much of the work had been produced specifically for this show, many of the pieces by European and American artists—for example, James Turrell’s Danaë, 1983, and Jon Kessler’s B.C., 1985—were familiar from other exhibitions. Not all the pieces were particularly recent, either: Keith Sonnier’s elegant neon calligraphs from 1979 and Dan Flavin’s Untitled (to Barnett Newman), 1973, were included as well. None, however, had been seen in Montreal before; according to Claude Gosselin, director of the Centre International d’Art Contemporain (CIAC), one of the purposes of “Lumières” was to bring to the city a wide range of contemporary installations by an international group of artists.

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