Vendu–Sold is an annual contemporary art benefit auction created to ensure that Les éditions Esse, a not-for-profit organization, can continue to successfully promote and disseminate contemporary art and artists on the Canadian and international scenes. Advised by a committee of experts, the auction offers collectors and art lovers the opportunity to acquire high-quality artworks by renowned and emerging Canadian artists while contributing to the development of Éditions Esse. Part of the proceeds also goes to the participating artists.
The 2021Vendu–Sold auction, which took place in a new virtual format, offered 35 artworks of exceptional quality chosen by a selection committee comprising the curator of the Hydro-Québec collection, Anne-Claude Bacon; the Ville de Montréal's cultural development agent for visual arts, Julie Bélisle; the assistant curator of the Galerie de l’UQAM, Anne Philippon; the independent contemporary art consultant, Anne Roger; the director of Vidéographe, Dominique Sirois-Rouleau; and the director of Éditions Esse, Sylvette Babin.
Read the word from the our 2021 honorary president, Catherine Pogonat, as well as the word from the director, Sylvette Babin.