Artexte is committed to the understanding and the advancement of the visual arts through reliable information sources. Its primary goal is the study and the development of material that documents the field of contemporary art.
Artexte engages in research, interpretation and dissemination activities based on its unique collection, covering the visual arts from 1965 to the present, with emphasis on the art of Québec and Canada.
Artexte endeavours to achieve the following objectives: to support the experimental, innovative and critical nature of contemporary visual art; and to foster it in a multidisciplinary discourse through alliances and partnerships.
Artexte has an exhaustive collection of publications relating to all aspects of the visual arts with Canadian relevance published since 1965. This collection of documentation reflects an interest in critical approaches to production, exhibition, research and writing practices in contemporary art, as well as in complementary disciplines allowing a social and cultural context for art, its interpretation and dissemination.
The collection currently consists of:
- more than 22,000 monographic, visual, audio or digital documents
- holdings of more than 9,000 Canadian and international contemporary art exhibition catalogues
- 7,300 artists’ files (including 4,500 Canadian artists’ files)
- 3,000 files on Canadian and international cultural organizations
- more than 500 Canadian and international periodicals, with current and historical coverage (including 350 Canadian titles)
- several special collections including the Projet MOBILIVRE-BOOKMOBILE Project (600 artists’ books, artists’ editions and zines) and A Relatively Small Collection (28 sound-based artworks) and Galerie Largeness.
2, Sainte-Catherine East
Canada H2X 1K4
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