"Images and Allegories" by Norman Laliberté
January 9-February 24, 2012
Winter in particular makes an exhibit by Massachusetts artist Norman Laliberté welcome. The artist’s spirit jumps from the canvas, exuding warmth and energy.
Laliberté was born in Worcester but grew up in Montreal with his French Canadian parents. His first international recognition came when he designed 88 banners for the Vatican Pavilion at the 1964 World’s Fair. Since then, he has had more than 100 solo shows in North America, and his work hangs in many major public and corporate collections, including those of the Smithsonian Institute and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
Describing a Laliberté exhibit for a gallery in Quebec City, Thérèse Dion (mother of Celine) wrote: “Between abstract and representational, Norman Laliberte’s works choreograph a dance of being, somewhere between the world of dreams and that of reality, using figurative elements as the base for abstraction. … Along with expression of joy, life, and festiveness, there is also the expression of tensions within compositions, the painterly versus the sculptural, the classical versus the lyrical, the ambiguous and the mysterious versus the poetic and the mythological.”