70s Porn, Old Masters and Dead Horses: “John Currin” and “Berlinde de Bruyckere” are Two Must-See Art Exhibits at Montreal’s DHC/ART

What do LA’s MoCA , NYC’s Morgan and New Museum and Montreal’s DHC/ART have in common? All were chosen by Vogue as the galleries behind the summer’s must-see art shows. From June 30 to November 13, 2011, DHC/ART will be hosting two concurrent solo exhibitions featuring two of the world’s most provocative contemporary figurative artists: American painter John Currin and Belgian sculptor Berlinde de Bruyckere.

Old Masters meets 70s porn in John Currin’s canvases. The celebrated painter is renowned for images featuring buxom bimbos in various states of undress and sexual poses. Or, as one reviewer put it, “Take one look at John Currin’s paintings and you could assume he likes stupid women with big tits.” Yet for all their political incorrectness, his portrayal of women is subtler than appears at first glance. His wife, family and friends crop up in many of his paintings, and even the bustiest floozies are treated with a loving touch. 24 paintings ranging from 1991 to 2010 will be displayed. If you’ve ever wondered what the cast of Boogie Nights would look like as painted by Raphael, don’t miss this one!

Sculptor Berlinde de Bruyckere works in various media including wax, wood, wool, and, more unusually, horse skin and hair. Her Flanders Fields (2000) gained her international attention when she exhibited five life-size casts of dead horses as a poignant commentary on World War I. Her presentation at DHC/ART will consist of horse figures on scaffolding, a large window and two wax figures.

DHC/ART
451 St-Jean Street
Montreal, Quebec
H2Y 2R5 

Opening hours
Wed. Thurs. Fri.
12:00 – 19:00
Sat. Sun.
11:00 – 18:00

Admission: Free 

Image credit: John Currin, Rachel In Fur, 2002. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery

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