Françoise Sullivan

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Françoise Sullivan was born in Montréal, where she initially studied at the city’s École des beaux-arts. While this uniquely multifaceted artist was first renowned as a dancer and choreographer, it has been her work as a painter, sculptor and photographer that has truly stood out in her long career. Along with Paul-Émile Borduas, she was one of the founding members of the avant-garde Automatiste movement, and one of the signatories of that group’s 1948 manifesto, the Refus global. Moreover, in that revolutionary document Borduas included the entire text of Ms. Sullivan’s celebrated lecture on La danse et l'espoir. Since then, her work has been shown at countless different solo and group exhibitions, including retrospectives at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (1993) and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (2003).

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Nov 27, 2019 – Jan 25, 2020
Timeless Myth Oct 25 – 27, 2019
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