Esse arts + opinions, published three times a year by Les éditions Esse, is a contemporary art magazine covering a wide range of art practices, including visual arts, performance arts, and digital arts, and all forms of socially engaged, site-specific, and performative intervention. It favours analyses that address art in relation to its context. Les éditions Esse regularly confirms its mandate to publish a socially engaged magazine by addressing ethical reflections and the major changes that result.

Each issue includes a thematic section complemented by a portfolio of artworks, a section of critical articles, columns, reviews of exhibitions or events, and a section presenting the activities of its advertising partners.

From time to time, Les éditions Esse also publishes books covering different art issues. To date, publications include Places and Non-places of Contemporary Art (2005), The Undecidable: Gaps and Displacements of Contemporary Art (2007), VENDU – SOLD 2009: Insights into Collecting and the Art Market (2009), Formes Urbaines, circulation, stockage et transmission de l’expression culturelle à Montréal (2014), Jacynthe Carrier – Pièces Montées (2018), and Le désordre des choses. L’art et l’épreuve du politique (2019). Since 2009, Les éditions Esse has presented the annual Vendu–Sold auction (, which makes connections among art, collecting, and philanthropy.

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