The Printemps du MAC auction: bringing art home

The MAC Spring Auction: Bringing Art Home

Corri-Lynn Tetz’s Eclipse and Chris Fusaro’s Model 3468.

The Printemps du MAC evening is approaching! With the benefit event, whose mission is to support the Foundation of the Musée d’art contemporain while introducing young artists to the role of the MAC in the conservation and dissemination of works, comes the auction.

Again this year, the auction is virtual and additional information on the works is available in the catalog. This online initiative, which was born in a pandemic period, allows art lovers – from Quebec as elsewhere, connoisseurs or neophytes – to bet on works by artists from here, emerging or well established.

In total, 21 local artists have generously agreed to provide a work for the auction, which gives them a third of the profits from the sale. Curator Erika Del Vecchio, also a member of the Printemps du MAC 2023 committee, also points out in a press release that several artists have this time created works especially for the occasion.

The artists highlighted in the auction this year are Maude Arsenault, Nabil Azab, Vinna Begin, Ophélie Bouchard, Shary Boyle, Craig Commanda, Maria Esthela, Chris Fusaro, Pascale Girardin, Léa Grantham, Maggy Hamel Metsos, Andrée-Jade Hélie, Mie Kim, Alexia Laferté Coutu, Sandy Lamb, Malcolm McCormick, Andrew Moncrief, Marion Paquette, Laurence Pilon, Sabrina Ratté and Corri-Lynn Tetz.

Prints, canvases, sculptures, weaving, video, lamp and even a cake (!): the works available are varied in both medium and technique.

With starting bids starting at as low as $250 (and going as high as $10,000), the Printemps du MAC virtual auction is a rare opportunity to get your hands on a work of art. contemporary art at low prices, allowing people to make a very first acquisition.

Art lovers and artists alike are winners of the experience, which is in its third year, as it replaced the benefit evening in 2021, when it could not take place due to health measures. “This is an opportunity to concretely support contemporary art and its artists. A way to allow the general public to rub shoulders with art and become familiar with its environment,” argues Francis Guindon, co-chair of the Printemps du MAC committee with Charles Lemay.

The virtual auction, accessible here, will end at half past midnight on the night of April 28 to 29, so the Printemps du MAC, which takes place this year at New City Gas, will be in full swing under the Midnight Blue theme. A few tickets are still available for the benefit evening.

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