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MONTREAL'S PREMIERE ARTS AND CULTURE MAGAZINE PRESENTS AN ILLUSTRATED DISCOURSE AND RETROSPECTIVE OF PMG CONCEPTUAL ARTIST JOSEE DUBEAU


What strategies are contemporary artists using to “animate the inanimate?” To better understand the complexities of our rapport with things, the May 2012 issue of ESSE Magazine casts a critical eye on contemporary artistic practices that challenge our common perceptions of the “object” and that invite us to reconsider its nature, status, and various functions. This issue takes stock of a current phenomenon that resists the dematerialization of art heralded by new media, a phenomenon that manifests itself in a “return to the object” and in the avid interest of the social sciences in material culture.

ARTICLES
Portfolio: Patrick Beaulieu; Thomas Hirschhorn on Hyperconsumption and Resistance, Theaster Gates artworks, a retrospective of the works by Josée Dubeau and the exhibitions of Claire Savoie and Cristina Nuñez presented during 2011 Mois de la Photo à Montréal.

ESSE Magazine
esse arts + opinions, published three times a year by Les éditions esse, is a contemporary art magazine that focuses on disciplinary and interdisciplinary practices (visual arts, performance, video, current music and dance, experimental theatre) and all forms of socially inclined, site-specific or performative intervention. It favours analyses that address artworks within their (geographical, social, political or economical) contexts. It seeks to offer readers a topical magazine in the field of multidisciplinary art, as well as a communication, information and research tool that answers their needs. More than a magazine publisher, esse plays an active role in the art milieu. From time to time, Les éditions esse organizes art symposiums and publishes their proceedings in bilingual books that are internationally distributed. We also publish an edition/collection of artists stamps (six stamps up until now) disseminated across Canada.

For more information: www.esse.ca/