This committee’s mission is to:
- Publish the AICA – Canada Bulletin
- Create AICA-Canada’s website:
- financing, implementation of this project and growth.
- Publishing of books and other documents
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While registered for PhD studies in sociology of art and culture at the École Pratique des Hautes Études en Sciences Humaines (Paris [1972–1974]), after first and second degree studies in Sociology at the University of Montreal (1965–1968), she followed parallel seminars on semiotics of art and museology at the Sorbonne. In 1993, taking advantage of a long stay in France, Ninon Gauthier registered in Art History at the Sorbonne, where she obtained a Ph.D. in art history (2004).
Ninon Gauthier came to art criticism after working in sociology where she became interested in artists’ working conditions and social status, and the analysis of the art market and interactions among its various stakeholders. She has conducted several research for educational institutions, museums, artists’ associations and governments such as her appointment as the desk person for the Visual Arts at the Federal Cultural Policy Review Committee (1981–1983).
As a cultural administrator, communicator and mediator, Ninon Gauthier oversaw the redesign of the programs of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Quebec in Montreal and the creation of new departments, including the History of Art (1974–1976), where she taught (1988 -1991). Strongly involved in democratization of culture and knowledge of modern and contemporary art, she coordinated public communications and animation at the Montreal Art Fair (1984) and the Bay St. Paul Painting Symposium (1985–1986 and 1990). She was also involved as an art adviser to corporate collections for which she developed educational programs. As such, she also participated in the founding of the Quebec Association of Corporate Collections, of which she was a member of the executive (1990–1992). She was the instigator and coordinator of the Finance Art Award (1986–1990). In the 1980s, she gave several introductory lectures on contemporary art and was the researcher, interviewer and presenter of Art Media, a community television broadcast about the news on Montreal visual arts scene.
In 1978, Ninon Gauthier published her first art critics, using sociological and semiotic approaches. Attentive to the expansion of publics for contemporary art, she has conducted most of her career in the mainstream press (1980–1993). Co-author of a monograph on Marcel Barbeau Fugato (1990), she undertook its publishing. The French version of this art book was taken by Éditions du Cercle d’Art (Paris) in 1994. The rigor of her research paired with the literary quality of her writing earned her the Canadian Conference of the arts Excellence Award in Cultural Journalism (1989). As an art historian, she is particularly interested in issues of transdisciplinarity and the relationship between ownership and the combined expression of space, movement and time in painting as in abstract sculpture.
Ninon Gauthier has curated several exhibitions in museums and public galleries in Canada, in the United States and in Europe. She has written, translated and coordinated exhibition catalogs and lectured on art in French and in English, in Canada and Europe. In recent years, she has devoted herself mainly to curating and writing catalogs while continuing updating and writing the catalog raisonné of Marcel Barbeau’s work, her doctoral thesis, for publication.
Ninon Gauthier is a member of AICA-Canada since 1986. She joined AICA-France participating in its activities while residing temporarily in Paris (1993–2008). She served as General Secretary of the Canadian chapter between 1989 and 1992 and participated as such in the organization of the International Congress of AICA in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto in 1990. Upon her moving back to Montreal in 2008, she returned to AICA-Canada of which she was elected president in November 2010 until now. She is also a member of the International Memory and Archives Commission.
Born in Bucharest, Romania, in 1957, the journalist, art critic and exhibition curator, based in Montreal, covers Canadian and international contemporary art in French and in English from a global multicultural perspective. Since 1996, Andre Seleanu has been a contributor to Vie des Arts, the reference French language art publication for Quebec and Canada. He wrote cover stories on contemporary art in Nicaragua and Costa Rica (2011), on Colombia (2007), Cuban art today(2008), on the Spanish artist Ángel Mateo Charris (2009), and on auto-fiction Montreal conceptual artist Ariane Thézé (2011). Andre Seleanu contributes to the Toronto magazine Canadian Art and the British Museum magazine The Medal. He adopts a global cultural approach involving the interaction of history, geography and aesthetics within a philosophical context. Influenced by historian Arnold Toynbee’s concept of encounters between cultures, on an updated register, Seleanu explores a variety of influences – or the cultural interface – in his art criticism. He explores the post-modern concept of hybridity. Andre Seleanu also considers the contemporary art of East Asia, and that of Latin America, where indigenous, black and Western influences come together. He is interested in the theory of contemporary art: transition and interplay from modernism to post-structuralism. He provided coverage of the Montreal and Canadian arts scenes, involving among others : Edmund Alleyn, Marcel Barbeau, Carole Simard-Laflamme (conceptual installation based on textile arts), Tony Urquhart (sculpture installation), JanaSterbak (Canada, installation) et Jacques Newashish (Canadian indigenous contemporary painting). He also covered international artists Damian Hirst, Wafaa Bilal (political art, Irak and USA) Vik Muniz (Brazil and USA) , Fernado Botero, Thomas Hirschhorn (Switzerland)… Pippilotti Rist, Switzerland (video installation) Bärbel Rothaar, Berlin (conceptual painting and video)and Majka Kwiatkowsk ‘s painting (Poland). In 2009, he curated the exhibition The Gaze and the Passion for Centro CulturalBolivar, in Montreal, featuring works by ten Montreal painters of Latin-American origin.
William Forrestall is a Fredericton-based artist, writer and curator. He is a member of AICA-Canada since 2014.
As a curator and a writer, Forrestall was involved with the Gallery Connexion in Fredericton. He served in a range of roles for this artist-run gallery including president, selection committee, hiring committee and as an active board member for over ten years. He ran St. Thomas University’s Yellow Box Gallery. In his role as gallery director, he has actively sought out and exhibited Canadian and international artists. Forrestall initiated and planned with the University of New Brunswick the project to support the artist Fred Ross overseeing the re-creation of his lost 1948 mural unveiled in June 2011. He received a documentation grant from the NB Arts Board to write a book on the mural project with Charles Hill, Tom Smart, Virgil Hammock and John Leroux.
He has served on the New Brunswick Crafts Council jury, the New Brunswick Arts Board jury, City of Fredericton arts grants jury, the City of Fredericton Heritage Review Committee, the CARFAC (Canadian Artist Representation, Maritimes board of directors). He is currently a member of the Canadian Cultural Property Export review Board reporting to the federal Minister of Canadian Heritage.
As an artist, he has received numerous awards and grants including the Brucebo European travel fellowship from the Scandinavian-Canadian foundation based at McGill University which supported an extended tour of European art galleries and led to his interest in the antiquities collection at the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford and the British Museum in London. In 2009 Forrestall had a career retrospective at the New Brunswick Museum and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery accompanied by a major catalogue written by Prof. Alan Bentley and Peter J Larocque. Also in 2009, one of his works was included in the exhibition “Portraits: New Brunswick Painters,” an exhibition celebrating the artist painting in the province from 1972–2000. Forrestall has taught art workshops and lectured across Canada and currently teaches Fine Arts at St. Thomas University.