Friday, October 22, 2010


When premiering his film Miral, Julian Schnabel also presented a mid-career retrospective at the Art Gallery of Ontario. For the main work, Schnabel purchased an enormous Egyptian sail and painted it with the name "Jane Birkin." He explained the piece is about memory. But for me, this type of culturally specific gesture only succeeds if it aims to be a trace of insignificance, which is the aim of trend. It makes sense as a Western cultural reference among the aesthetically informed in our era. This is compared to works like those below which lack post-modern reference and rely instead on the intangible experience of being human, specifically in the aspect of dressing.

Claudia Rogge

Claudia Rogge

Amie Dickie, curated by Ana Finel Honigman

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