no6092: A Conjectural Catalogue

by Charles Stankievech

"In Stankievech’s project for the National Gallery, Augustus and Cleopatra [no6092] is presented recto verso with its x-rayed forensic examination, and as the work of an unknown Italian artist. Using the exhibition form itself as a camouflage—it appears like a conventional period room—Stankievech’s site-specific project implicates the gallery’s own history, and the value structures of art, in a knotted mise-en-scene of art history and dissimulation. Once a part of the canon of Poussin, which Sir Anthony Blunt had been instrumental in creating, the painting exemplifies the dramaturgy of value and deception. Even its iconography, with Cleopatra exchanging a pouch of letters, the painting subtly intertwines with the story of Blunt’s own intelligence mission. A part of Stankievech’s ongoing interrogation of the construction of the visible, this exhibition lands us in the complex territories of art, with art historians as wagers of authenticity, and wavers of mystic wands, in the imbrication of knowledge, narratives of value, and the museum[...]. Charles Stankievech’s projects sustain us in a state of alert suspension in a dense web of appearances and deception; and through the craft of exhibition, situate knowledge as constant recalibration between forensics and fiction, affect and representation."
 
— Barbara Fischer, Executive Director and Chief Curator, Art Museum at the University of Toronto in the catalog of the Sobey Art Award 2016

A project by Charles Stankievech

 

English/French
12 Pages, 43 x 57.5 cm
Double-Sided pull-out poster,  86 x 57.5 cm
2 Images, special Duotone printing (Metallic Pantone & black ink)
Broadsheet premium newsprint
ISBN: 978-0-9939074-8-7 (Second edition and digital version)
 
English Editor: Jayne Wilkinson
French Editor: Marie-Christine Gilbert
Translator: Christine Gendreau
Designer: Charles Stankievech
Typesetter: Vincent Perez
Curator: Josée Drouin-Brisebois
Senior Exhibitions Manager: Clément Lormand
 
Nº6092: a conjectural catalogue was published on the occasion of the Sobey Art Award exhibition organized by the National Gallery of Canada in collaboration with the Sobey Art Foundation from 6 October 2016 to 5 February 2017.
 
Published in November 2016

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