esse special 25th anniversary

esse magazine is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the special Killjoy issue.

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Trouble-Fête / Killjoy

esse magazine is celebrating its 25th anniversary. During this journey, the magazine has constantly progressed in terms of quality and achieved a strong reputation that allows it to be an active player on the artistic scene.

To mark the event, several activities are scheduled for the upcoming months: benefit auction and book launch of Vendu/Sold, Insights into Collecting and the Art Market at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, publication of esse’s 3rd series of Art Stamps, anniversary party and, of course, our enclosed special 25th-year issue.

With this issue we chose to mark our 25th anniversary, not by producing a commemorative publication but by focussing on the present rather than the past. A celebration of the present? Yes, but what’s there to celebrate in 2009? In the context of a crisis that has ramifications in the cultural sector, the desire to celebrate is certainly not as strong. And so, it is under the sign of anti-celebration that esse marks 25 years of activities. The double theme of trouble-fête (party pooper) and killjoy seemed the perfect locus for this kind of event. For this reason esse has invited eleven authors to develop a perspective on the many aspects of celebration—both in its joyous and festive manifestations, and in its darker tones. The issue also includes an impressive portfolio bringing together fourteen artists whose works are particularly in synch with the theme.

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Featured authors

Paul Ardenne, Anne Cauquelin, Marie-Ève Charron, Michel F. Côté, Marie Fraser, Jacinto Lageira, Vincent Lavoie, Patrice Loubier, Harriet F. Senie, Victor Tupitsyn and Daniel Vander Gucht

With a portfolio including

Jason Arsenault, Christophe Beauregard, Marjolaine Bourdua, Sylvain Bouthillette, Jacynthe Carrier, Harald Fernagu, Isabelle Hayeur, Laurent Marissal, Olivier Morvan, Mika Rottenberg, Carlos & Jason Sanchez, Cindy Sherman, Fabien Verschaere and Jeff Wall



October 15th at Divan Orange at 5 p.m., with the participation of the Pique-nique collective


Benefit auction and book launch of Vendu/Sold, Insights into Collecting and the Art Market
Auction/cocktail dinner, November 11th at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Unveiling of the 3rd collection of esse’s Art Stamps. (presented by Le Cirque du Soleil)

Exhibition of works: November 6-8, 2009, 208 Olivier Street, Westmount

For all details about esse special 25th anniversary : www.esse.ca

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