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Rodney Graham, Old Punk on Pay Phone, 2012, painted aluminum light box with transmounted chromogenic transparency, 92 5/8 x 59 5/8".

Rodney Graham

Johnen Galerie

Rodney Graham, Old Punk on Pay Phone, 2012, painted aluminum light box with transmounted chromogenic transparency, 92 5/8 x 59 5/8".

There’s always a lot of Rodney Graham in a Rodney Graham show. In “Rodney Graham: Canadian Humourist,” however, we often seemed to be seeing the artist unmasked, even though he still loves to slip into someone else’s work, someone else’s role. Yet in many ways this was a classic Graham exhibition: a complex network of cultural and personal references, with the rather inconspicuous photogravure Meissonier with My Thumbprint, 2009, as something like its epitome. Here, Graham reprints an etching of a soldier and his horse by the nineteenth-century French painter renowned for his minutely detailed treatment of military subjects but adds his own touch: A thumbprint has been smuggled into the gyrating lines of the animal’s rear.

Whether literally or symbolically, the grand-master of appropriation puts his stamp on many an artist and oeuvre. To the Tattooist, 2012, for instance, draws

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