André Fauteux's Holocaust memorial in Barcelona, Spain
|Born||March 15, 1946|
Dunnville, Ontario, Canada
|Movement||abstract modernist Formalist|
André Fauteux is a Canadian artist born in Dunnville, Ontario, Canada on March 15, 1946, who now lives in Toronto, Ontario. Fauteux is a sculptor known for his abstract welded steel sculpture, which relates to Geometric abstraction. His modernist sculptures are also related to the Formalist ideas associated with Clement Greenberg.
Early life and education
Fauteux was raised by his mother, Lyle Secord Fauteux, Nee Ferguson, in Hamilton, Ontario. She encouraged his artistic endeavors.
Fauteux attended Upper Canada College in Toronto as a boy, where Vernon Mould taught him painting. He next studied art at Central Technical School in Toronto, Ontario, principally with Robert Ross and Winston Laurence, in the mid-1960s.
Fauteux moved to Ibiza, Spain in 1967, where he met other artists, including Graham Coughty and Gordon Rayner. While in Ibiza, he painted and only began sculpture after his return move to Toronto in 1969. His first work was made of wood.
Fauteux worked at a Toronto gallery owned by Av Isaacs in the late 1960s. In 1970, he received his first Canada Council for the Arts grant. Fauteux worked with Anthony Caro at York University in 1974 and 1975. He showed with the Sable Castelli Gallery in the Yorkville area for over 25 years. In New York City, he showed with William Edward O'Reilly Gallery.
In 1987, Fauteux was chosen by Helen Frankenthaler as one of five artists chosen to receive the Francis J. Greenburger Foundation Awards presented at the Guggenheim Museum. Also in 1987, he participated Triangle Barcelona, Casa de la Caridad, Barcelona, where he made a large circular sculpture that is now a Holocaust Memorial in the Parc de la Ciutadella. Fauteux returned to Spain in 1990 to make sculptures at the Centre D'ART la Rectoria, Sant Pere Villamajor, Catalonia.
In recent years his art is currently represented by The Moore Gallery in Toronto, which has had shows of Fauteux's boldly colored and shaped paintings.
Fauteux sculptures are spare in form and do not replicate external subjects. The modernistic style is an international contemporary aesthetic. The sculptures include visual spaces, often with a rhythmic quality made of repeated elements and over-lapping sections. Examples of this are the group of pyramid galvanized sculptures made in 1976 (Triangle no. 1) and in pieces such as Verve 1975, Moro 1977, and Rosalino Roll, 1977. There are clearly connected elements within works such as Blacksmith 1974, Empire 1976, and Fountain of Irony 1987. Fauteux has also used other materials including rubber in a group of works made in Chicago, Illinois in the 1990s; such as La Salle Loop, of gum rubber and brass. Recent sculpture has been colored with multiple layers of polychrome color and iridescent pigments, on top of coated galvanized steel and with some elements which are dipped in chrome and therefore very shiny.
Major group shows
1975, The Condition of Sculpture, The Hayward Gallery, London and 1977, Eleven Sculptors, Musée d'Art Contemporain, Montreal. In 1982–83 a major retrospective of his sculpture toured Canada's museums; André Fauteux Ten Years" organized and originating at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, which included a published catalog essay by Karen Wilkin.
- 1968 Two Canadians, Gallery Ivan Spence, Ibiza, Spain.
- 1968 Salon de Mayo, Barcelona, Spain.
- 1971 Five on the Scene, Isaacs Gallery, Toronto.
- 1975 The Condition of Sculpture, The Hayward Gallery, London, U.K.
- 1976 Dietcher / O'Reilly Gallery, New York.
- 1977 New Abstract Art, Edmonton Art Gallery, Alberta.
- 1977 William Edward O'Reilly Gallery, New York.
- 1978 Selections from the Art Bank Collection, the Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
- 1980 Salander – O'Reilly Gallery, New York. (catalogue)
- 1986 Contemporary Sculpture from the Art Bank Collection " Washington Square, Washington D.C. Selected by Michael Botwinick, Corcoran Gallery, and traveling to Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Dallas and San Diego.
- 1987 Greenburger Foundation Awards, Jack Gallery, New York and the Mira Goddard Gallery, Toronto.
- 1987 Triangle Barcelona, Casa de la Caridad, Barcelona. Sculpture; André Fauteux: "Als barcelonins morts als camps d'extermini nazi", Parc de la Ciutadella, Barcelona, Catalunya
- 1988 Gallery One, Toronto. (catalogue)
- 1990 Sculpture of the Americas in the 90s, Museum of Modern Art of Latin America, Washington D.C.
- 1991 Academia de Belles Artes, Sabadell, Spain.
- 1991 La Rectoria, Sant Pere Villamajor, Barcelona, Spain.
- 2003 Sable-Castelli Gallery, Toronto.
- 2007 Moore Gallery, Toronto.
Selected public collections
- The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto.
- The Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario.
- The Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta.
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
- The Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa.
- The Agnes Etherington Art Centre. Kingston, Ontario.
- The Douglas Duncan Collection, National Gallery, Ottawa.
- Innis College, University of Toronto.
- The Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario.
- The City of Barcelona, Spain.
- The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
- La Rectoria, Sant Pere Villamajor, Barcelona, Spain.
- Lakehead Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Ontario.
- Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario.
- Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax.
- Musee d'art contemporain, Montreal.
- Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
- University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Lethbridge Alta.
- York University, Dept. of Fine Art, Toronto, Ontario.
Fauteux's art work is held in major public collections across North America and abroad in Spain.
- Canada Council Grants
- Francis J. Greenburger Foundation Award (1987) Guggenheim Museum; André Fauteux, was chosen by Helen Frankenthaler as one of five artists chosen to receive the Francis J. Greenburger Foundation Awards presented at the Guggenheim Museum.
Books on André Fauteux
- André Fauteux, Ten Years, 1972–1982: André Fauteux, Dix Ans, 1972–1982 (Paperback, 1982), text by Karen Wilkin, Publisher: Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen's University at Kingston, 61 pages, Illustrated, Language: English, (ISBN 0-88911-372-6)
- Canadian Art: Fauteux, André: New Sculpture 
Fauteux appeared in the 1979 National Film Board film Jack Bush, explaining how Bush influenced him. The film was directed by Murray Battle and produced by Rudy Buttignol at Cinema Productions.
- "Fauteux, André". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Archived from the original on 2011-06-08.
- Robert James Belton. Sights of Resistance: Approaches to Canadian Visual Culture. University of Calgary Press; 2001. ISBN 978-1-55238-011-6. p. 65–.
- Clara Hargittay, "Constructivist Heritage", Artsmagazine, May/June, 1982.
- Book catalog. Title: 'Anthony Caro: The York Sculptures, presented by the Museum of Fine Arts Boston at the Christian Science Center, 1980, unlisted author, page 9, quote: "Usually he works with assistants,1. –'Caro's assistants in making the York pieces were the sculptors, James Wolfe, Willard Boepple, and Andre Fauteux.",-'but , even so, there is a limit to the size and weight that can be conveniently handled." End quote. No ISBN number.
- Joan Murray. Canadian Art in the Twentieth Century. Dundurn; 1 November 1999. ISBN 978-1-4597-2236-1. p. 151–.
- "5 Artists to Get Greenburger Awards". The New York Times. March 25, 1987. Retrieved April 23, 2010.
- Catalog, title: The Condition of Sculpture, A selection of recent sculpture by younger British and foreign artists, Hayward Gallery London, 29 May-13 July 1975, Arts Council of Great Britain, 1975, Introduction by William Tucker, soft cover: (ISBN 0-728-70054-9), 'Andre Fauteux, born in Dunnville, Canada', pages, 22, 23, and 93. Photos of 'Both Ways Now', 1974, 'Blacksmith, 1974, 'Nightwatch', 1974.
- Karen Wilkin, "André Fauteux/ Ten Years", catalogue essay, 1982 for: André Fauteux, Ten Years, 1972–1982: André Fauteux, Dix Ans, 1972–1982 (Paperback, 1982), text by Karen Wilkin, Publisher: Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen's University at Kingston, 61 pages, Illustrated, Language: English, (ISBN 0-88911-372-6 )
- Karen Wilkin. Partisan Review. Vol. 57. Partisan Review; 1990. p. 446.
- "André Fauteux". The Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art website
- André Fauteux's homepage
- Agnes Etherington Art Centre (André Fauteux)
- Artnet (André Fauteux)
- André Fauteux at Moore Gallery, Ltd.
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