Born in Montreal in 1957, Lapointe made her name in the early eighties, with avant-garde works in situ created between 1983 and 1994 in collaboration with artist and critic Martha Fleming.
Following this heady period, she focused on her own painting and installation, and in 2002 the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art presented her with a major solo exhibition.
This now, is a truly eclectic, mini retrospective offering, all under the aegis of the spirit of Chagall and La Fontaine.
Lyne Lapointe et Les Fables de La Fontaine par Marc Chagall
Galerie Roger Bellemare
Galerie Christian Lambert
372, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest
January 21 to March 4, 2017
Dozens of small prints have spilled onto the walls of both gallery spaces, which face each other across the hallway, interspersed with a variety of 3-dimentional pieces.
There are paintings and sculptures, and display cases with unusual assortments of objects. Thematically-layered, this exhibition references La Fontaine's Fables as well as Chagall's own visual interpretation of the literary classic. (He had a penchant for illustrating famous works of literature, such as Daphis and Chloé, as well as designing stage costumes.)
Lapointe's version of the fables is composed of small format mixed media black-and-white works, filled with whimsical beings and done in a breezy, free style. Combined with the other pieces, they make for a curious, theatrical and perfectly enchanting exhibition.