Buveurs de quintessences - Drinkers of quintessences

An exploration of the theme of emptiness in art (exhibition catalog).
The title of the exhibition Quintessence Drinkers refers to Charles Baudelaire's poem Perte d'auréole (Loss of Halo), in which the author recounts the experience of an artist who, having unfortunately lost his attribute, finally comes to terms with it quite well. The artist is thus freed from the pressure of being a creator and can mingle anonymously with the crowd.

The personality of the artist, his technical skill and his know-how are then questioned and the fundamental principles of art, shaken. With Marcel Duchamp and Casimir Malevich as precursors, this artistic trend based on the notion of emptiness constituted a paradigm of art in the 1960s. It was at this time that many artists began to go against the then dominant heightened expressivity, seeking to extract as much content as possible from their works and to put their subjectivity in the background. At the same time, they were fascinated by the search for infinity, thus merging in their practices both a critical point of view and a search for sensation.

The exhibition Drinkers of Quintessences brings together Canadian and European artists who demonstrate through their artistic approach their interest in such a dialectic of the void today. With minimal works, apparently empty of content, ephemeral and furtive, the exhibition positions itself against the current of the "society of the spectacle" and calls for a reflection beyond the gaze.

Published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition at La Fonderie Darling, Montreal, in 2018 and at Casino Luxembourg in 2019.

Title: Buveurs de quintessences - Drinkers of quintessences 
Author: Collective 
Publisher: Fonderie Darling 
Theme: Quebec and Canadian art, Contemporary art 
Format: Softcover 
Pages: 108 
Dimensions: 21 x 26 cm 
Language: French, English 
Release date: January 2019 
ISBN: 9782980570353