Ara H. Merjian

Josephine Halvorson

November 2011

The objects and surfaces rendered by Josephine Halvorson’s brush are inanimate. But as suggested in this exhibition’s title, “What Looks Back,” they appear as something more than passive. Nearly all of the oil-on-linen paintings … READ ON

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Lyonel Feininger

November 2011

Having lived and worked in Germany for more than half his life, Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956) was something of an unlikely American. This exhibtion—his first major retrospective in the United States in forty-five years—makes a strong case… READ ON

IN PRINT November 2011 [TOC]

Tongue in Cheek

Ara H. Merjian on The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)

October 2011

NOT SINCE Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Salò (1975) or John Waters’s Pink Flamingos (1972) has shit made such a stink in the cinema. Initially banned in the UK by the British Board of Film Classification, Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence was … READ ON

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Zak Kitnick

October 2011

Framed, glossy food posters form the basic units of Zak Kitnick’s grids––less a raw material than a polished and reified one, subject to wry recontextualization. Compendium (Distribution) and Compendium (Capital) (all works 2011) set … READ ON

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Katrin Heichel

July 2011

As if this gallery needed to flesh out further its standing as a nexus for talented young international painters, the US debut of the Leipzig-based painter Katrin Heichel obliges with a tight show of seven works. In its title, palette, and … READ ON

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“Mixed Messages”

June 2011

On the eve of Gay Pride––and the marketing emporium it has become––the quips and anthems assembled by curator John Chaich in this exhibition co-organized with Visual AIDS conjure up a different moment in the history of queer sloganeering.… READ ON

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Charles in Charge

Ara H. Merjian on Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator

June 2011

“LEAVE ME, I WANT TO BE ALONE.” Thus growls a sullen Hitler to one of his attendants in an original trailer for Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator (1940). Slithering down from an unlikely perch high up on a curtain, Der Führer proceeds… READ ON

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“The Colour of My Dreams: The Surrealist Revolution in Art”

May 2011

In this, the largest Surrealism survey mounted in Canada to date, a diverse assembly of more than three hundred works by some eighty artists aims to illuminate the movement’s revolutionary aspirations.… READ ON

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“The Vorticists”

May 2011

LINED UP NEATLY in the first gallery, the sepia-soaked portraits of Vorticism’s leading lights––Wyndham Lewis in a suit, Edward Wadsworth in a bow tie––hardly betray their subjects’ defiance of post-Edwardian propriety. Only Ezra… READ ON

IN PRINT May 2011 [TOC]

Mario Schifano

March 2011

“The work,” Walter Benjamin once said, “is the death mask of its conception.” Pinned between large walls of transparent glass, which are installed in a staggered, labyrinth-like hall, this exhibition of Mario Schifano’s working … READ ON

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