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Xrau & Painting Augustus and Cleopatra (no6092), in the exhibition Nº6092 at the National Gallery of Canada

Xrau & Painting Augustus and Cleopatra (no6092), in the exhibition Nº6092 at the National Gallery of Canada

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    Xrau & Painting Augustus and Cleopatra (no6092), in the exhibition Nº6092 at the National Gallery of Canada

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    Nº6092: a conjectural catalogue

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    Nº6092: a conjectural catalogue

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    Painting Augustus and Cleopatra (no6092), in the exhibition Nº6092 at the National Gallery of Canada

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    Nº6092 at the National Gallery of Canada

Nº6092: a conjectural catalogue

«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 Sobey Art Award catalog.

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Accompanying the exhibition, Nº6092: a conjectural catalogue traces the fifty works in the project:

  • from paintings by Gustav Courbet, Henry Moore, and Nicolas Poussin to PowerPoint presentations for luxury Freeports; 
  • from the United Nations Convention on diplomatic pouches to the key to Wittgenstein's House;
  • from molotov cocktails to mugshots; 
  • from seventeenth century archival material to encrypted digital artworks.

Stephen Gritt, Director of Conservation and Technical Research at the National Gallery, and Christopher Etheridge, Curator of European Art, contributed an original text to the publication analyzing painting no6092.

The 2nd edition of the catalog includes a bibliography of the research.

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Download a free PDF version of the publication here. 

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Nº6092: a conjectural catalogue

Author: Charles Stankievech
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

Print Run: 2000 (1st edition), 2000 (2nd edition)
Special Duotone Printing: Metallic Pantone & Black Ink
Broadsheet: 22 3/4" x 17" on premium newsprint, 12 pages
Double-Sided Pullout Poster:  22 3/4" x 34"
Bilingual Edition: English / Français
Printed in Toronto, Canada

ISBN: 978-0-9939074-8-7 (2nd edition and digital version)

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 – 5 February 2017. 


Publication Date: 1 Nov 2016

 

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