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Thompson Landry Gallery Hangs Louis Boudreault’s Stars Behind Bars

Louis Boudreault's Al Capone and Steve McQueen

Louis Boudreault’s Al Capone and Steve McQueen

SEPTEMBER 19 TO OCTOBER 12  Whereas celebrities gathered this month on TIFF’s red carpets, Thompson Landry Gallery puts notable figures in a different light. In his Wanted exhibition, Montreal artist Louis Boudreault presents mixed media portraits of 19th- and 20th-century luminaries. Naturally, figures such as Steve McQueen, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash were very desirable to their fans and followers; the catch is that they were also sought-after by the law. Boudreault’s subjects all spent time in prison; his works are in fact artistic mug shots, and like real mug shots, the portraits play to a craving to see our boldface “betters” taken down a peg. Yet the artist reveals the fault of that yearning, too: included among his subjects are political prisoners like Nelson Mandela and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, whose images reflect not the shame of incarceration, but the nobility of a just cause.  —Craig Moy

• Thompson Landry Gallery, 6 Trinity St., 416-364-4955; thompsonlandry.com
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