Claudia Hart

Galerie Tanit | Munich

Claudia Hart’s most recent show, “NEW WORLD ORDER,” was a variation on an earlier show at the gallery’s Cologne space. Here, though, Hart eliminated the photoworks due to the lack of space. Subtitled “A Game of Social Surrealism,” the exhibition consisted of painted, enlarged, and manipulated flip sides of playing cards. A central element is the joker, a royal figure on an old bicycle, with a dollar sign on his chest, passing a road marker with the number 86 on it. The artist calls the joker—this crowned person with a beard—a self-portrait. Though there is no physical resemblance in the image, Hart identifies with the role as she does in Self-portrait as Influence Peddler (all works 1993), and Self-portrait as President Card. She slips in and out of gender roles, referring to two important aspects of Surrealism: the synthesis of normally unconnected things and the resulting friction, as

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