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New York opens a door to Clôde Beaupré

(Sherbrooke) It is the dream of any artists: to see his works displayed in "a Mecca of contemporary art" such as New York. For Clôde Beaupré, a sculptor from Sherbrooke, the dream will become a reality October 2nd through the 23rd, at Agora Gallery on 25th Street.

"It's a crapshoot. I remember, after my last exhibition in September 2001at the Galerie des artistes du Canton de Magog, I decided to send my portfolio to New York galleries, one after another. My first choice was Agora Gallery, which specializes in international contemporary art."

Clôde Beaupré had begun steps with another gallery in Boston when the answer from Agora arrived in early June. "The selection committee made a very nice review and accepted my work for the exhibition, Beyond Borders, gathering twelve Canadian artists." Clôde Beaupré will send six of the nine sculptures represented in the exhibition from Magog.

Prestige and Visibility

To gain entry to a large, recognized gallery, artists must pay a fee. "But compared to the promotional return, the prestige, the visibility and openness to the market, it is really cheap. It is an investment. 25th Street is in the heart of the contemporary art neighborhood."

As evidence, photographs of Clôde Beaupré’s sculptures are already on the website of Agora Gallery, as well as Artmine.com, a related site through which visitors can readily buy the sculptures.

Even if he is an artist well known in Estrie, Clôde Beaupré can not really enjoy a real market for contemporary art here. "Even compared to Montreal, there is no comparison with New York. I do not have a particular hope, since I already have a strong sense of satisfaction by seeing my work recognized by a high-ranking gallery."

This is not the first time that Clôde Beaupré, also an art teacher in the école du Triolet, exhibited his works in the United States. "For a long time I sent pieces to a gallery in Freeport, Maine. I managed to sell large pieces. Unfortunately, the gallery closed."

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