John Currin

Artist Talk

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium
1379 Sherbrooke Street W.

June 28, 2011 - 7:00 pm


One of the most acclaimed artists of his generation, John Currin makes delightfully perverse figurative paintings, which enchant and repel in equal measure. His art, which constantly evades categorization, pinpoints the moment where the sublime and the grotesque are held in productive tension. An irreverent mannerist who brings a satirical savvy to contemporary portraiture, Currin’s work is characterized by a meticulous, old-masterly technique and an unfashionable investment in classical painting traditions which strangely commingle with other representational languages. Just prior to the opening of a major survey of John Currin’s paintings at DHC/ART Foundation on June 30, the artist offers an illustrated talk about his work.

Please note that the talk will be in English. Limited number of seats: first come, first seated.

Free admission


John Currin (b. 1962, Boulder, Colorado) obtained an MFA from Yale in 1986. Major institutional exhibitions have included John Currin: Works on Paper at the Des Moines Art Center (2003); John Currin MOCA Chicago, Serpentine Gallery, London and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. He is represented in major museum collections including MoMA, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Tate Collection, London; and Centre Pompidou, Paris. John Currin lives and works in New York. He is represented by Gagosian Gallery where he has had several exhibitions.


Sno-Bo, 1999
John Currin
Courtesy Gagosian Gallery