Hordes of hungry art lovers will congregate to an exciting new location from April 22 to 24 for Papier16, the 2016 edition of the annual art fair dedicated to works on paper. The “paper” factor was thought up with affordability in mind, to help collectors get the most bang for their buck on a range of work that extends from prints to drawings to photographs to sculptures. It just means no epic bronze statues or stretched canvases the length of a yacht. Though there will be plenty of showstoppers, as always.
The glamorous venue this year? Down on the piers of the Old Port, in the cavernous
Hangar 16, no less. After the fantastic view of the city we got from the Mile End location last year, this edition promises a view of the very foundation site of the city: with Old Montréal on one side and the St. Lawrence river on the other. Right there on the Clocktower Pier, you’ll be able to get a lungful of sea air while shopping for your expanding art collection.
Among the Montréal galleries onsite this year, you’ll find both established and newer players, representing a whole gamut of art styles. Stop by Hugues Charbonneau’s booth for some punked out paper sculpture by the Séripop duo, photos by Isabelle Hayeur or Benoit Aquin, or works on paper by David Lafrance. Antoine Ertaskiran’s booth promises discoveries of up-and-coming artists as well as sure things like Jeanie Riddle, Tricia Middleton and Mathieu Beauséjour. Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain offers only treasures, with a list of represented artists that includes Mark Clintberg, Dil Hildebrand and Kent Monkman. Art Art Mûr you’ll find a joyful mix of high and lower with artists including Trevor Kiernander, Diana Thorneycroft and Holly King, while at Joyce Yahouda, the delicate tendrils of Massimo Guerrera await alongside the layered photography of Andrea Szilasi. In short, there’s something for everyone at Papier16!
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