Art Windsor-Essex respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Anishinaabe Territory – the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Ojibway, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi. Today the Anishinaabe of the Three Fires Confederacy are represented by Bkejwanong. We want to state our respect for the ancestral and ongoing authority of Walpole Island First Nation over its Territory.
Les Automatistes: Collective Expressions
February 15, 2020 - March 15, 2020
Les Automatistes: Collective Expressions drawn from the AGW’s collection represents a number of bold, expressive works by the artists who were the originators of a significant art movement in Montreal called Les Automatistes. Inspired by the writings of French Surrealist poet and writer André Breton, the artists began painting and working in a spontaneous manner without predetermination. The collective’s de-facto leader, Paul-Émile Borduas also led the creation of their manifesto Refus Global in 1948 which offered an anarchic perspective on society expressing the need for major changes to be brought about in the conservative atmosphere that existed at the time. The exhibition contains works by Paul-Émile Borduas, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Marcelle Ferron, Marcel Barbeau, Jean-Paul Mousseau and Pierre Gauvreau.