Former president of AGAC (Association des galleries d’art contemporain) Eric Devlin created PAPIER. However, this year he and 10 other galleries are not participating and have created ACPT (Art contemporain pour tous), a grouping of art galleries whose exhibition will run parallel to PAPIER.

PAPIER used to be held in a centrally located space; the 2015 version will be in le Complexe De Gaspé. ACPT did not agree with this location. ‘‘PAPIER could have been held in the Tour de la Bourse, or Windsor Station,’’ commented Devlin. ‘‘The 10th floor of an industrial building in Mile End is logistically challenging, as well as dreary.’’ Furthermore, the new group challenged the criteria AGAC set down to participate in PAPIER: members could not show what they wanted.

ACPT has a bright, street-level area in the Yves Laroche gallery space, renamed Laroche, Lacerte, Poulin. Ten other gallerists will display artworks, including sculpture, glass, graffiti, painting and drawings. (All the galleries still remain members of AGAC, clarified Devlin.) As well as contemporary art, visitors to the ACPT will have the opportunity to see the work of artists who have left their mark, such as Borduas, Riopelle, Serge Lemoyne, Jack Bush, Marcelle Ferron, Jean McEwen and Jacques Hurtubise.

The ACPT takes place in the presence of honourary sponsor Louis Pelletier, artist and curator of the Loto-Québec collection.

Participating galleries:
Galerie Éric Devlin
Espace Robert Poulin
Yves Laroche Galerie d’Art
Lacerte Art contemporain
La Galerie des Nanas
Atelier-Galerie A. Piroir
Galerie du Théâtre
Galerie d’art Inuit Images Boréales
Galerie Elena Lee
Quartier Libre – Galerie d’art


6355 Saint-Laurent Blvd (south of Beaubien)
April 23 to 26, 2015
11am to 6pm
Sunday 11am to 5pm externe)

Daniel Erban
The Punishment Fits The Crime, 2006

Étienne Chartrand
Abstraction Cartoon

Invader Alias Mia

Jacques Hurtubise
Tacramara, 1976

Marie-Hélène Beaulieu

Shepard Faire
Peace and Freedom Dove (Gold), 2014