Galerie Elena Lee (1976-2017) specialized in Canadian contemporary glass art. Representing new and established artists alike, the gallery showcased traditional blown-glass works as well as more complex and sculptural art that exploits the many facets of glass and its potential for combining with other materials – works that put Canadian glass art on the international stage.
Galerie Jocelyne Gobeil (1987-1999) sought to give jewellery its due credit as wearable works of art. Jocelyne Gobeil primarily represented Quebec artists but also featured American and European creations to raise the profile of international jewellery. Renowned creators expressed their reflections on jewellery with novel and experimental pieces made in a wide array of materials that effected undeniably powerful statements.
Galerie Barbara Silverberg Contemporary Ceramics (1985-1998) started out showcasing the conceptual approaches of Quebec artists and then expanded into works from the United States as well as other parts of Canada, including representatives of the Regina Clay movement. The versatility of this art form was exploited to the fullest by emerging artists and ceramicists celebrated across Canada and around the world. Materiality, plasticity, emotional evocativeness and creative inspirations together contributed to the incredible diversity of the artworks.
Credits and curatorial team
An exhibition organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
The exhibition is curated by Diane Charbonneau, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Decorative Arts, MMFA.
Alfred Engerer (born in 1952), Garden of Idylls, 1988, cast glass, plate glass, slate, terracotta. MMFA, gift, Anna and Joe Mendel Collection. Photo MMFA, Christine Guest
Mecky van den Brink (born in 1950), brooch, 1983-1984, plastic coated photograph. MMFA, gift of the Jocelyne Gobeil collection. Photo MMFA, Christine Guest
David Gilhooly (1943–2013), Late Afternoon Snack, 1983, painted and glazed earthenware, wood. MMFA, gift of Barbara and Philip Silverberg. Photo MMFA, Christine Guest