Montreal, Warhol, and Rock and Roll
Photos in Order (1) courtesy the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., (2) by Linda Turgeon,and (3) by Christian Marclay, courtesy of the Paula Cooper Gallery
Story by Joseph Alexiou
As if you needed an excuse to visit beautiful gay-friendly Montreal, this season some of the biggest art museums are putting on 3 exhibits to explore the influence of rock music on art.
The Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal examines the history of avant-garde art in relation to rock in Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll since 1967 (through January 11) while the Foundation for Contemporary Art will host Christian Marclay's REPLAY, an exploration of fine art and audio culture in several mediums ranging from collage and performance to sculpture and video (through March 29).
However the exhibition of greatest interest to us (and our readers) will be the WARHOL LIVE, hosted by the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, the first ever exploration of the role of music and dance in the oeuvres of celebrated gay artist, Andy Warhol.
Over 600 of Warhol's works will be featured, including some hallmark pieces based on famous celebrities and musicians (such as Grace Jones and Mick Jagger). Also featured will be some lesser-known pieces, personal documents, and some 50 of Warhol's album covers from the collection of montréalais Paul Maréchal, on exhibition for the first time.
To promote these great exhibits, Tourisme Montréal is offering half-off the regular price on the second night of a hotel stay at over 25 participating hotels under their Sweet Deal Package. Before the discount, the rate of participating five-star hotels is only $179, so, allez-y, reserve yours as soon as possible! Before you hop on the plane, check out our guide to Quebec's premier destination.