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Kathe Kollwitz, Self-Portrait in Profile Facing Right

Kathe Kollwitz, Self-Portrait in Profile Facing Right (1938), lithograph [Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB, Mar 11-May 28]

Looking Glass

Art Gallery of Alberta
Edmonton AB – Mar 11-May 28, 2017

Kathe Kollwitz, Self-Portrait in Profile Facing Right

Kathe Kollwitz, Self-Portrait in Profile Facing Right (1938), lithograph [Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB, Mar 11-May 28]

Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) remains a classic childhood text, but who among us knows the sequel, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871) – or indeed what a looking-glass is? Laura Ritchie knows, and in this exhibition she reminds us that a portrait is as much a representation of its subject as it is “a looking glass in which the artist reflects his or her self.”

Ritchie, who arrived at the AGA in 2013 and is its Exhibitions Manager, has drawn from the gallery’s 6,000-piece permanent collection a number of works in painting, sculpture and photography that acknowledge our ongoing fascination with portraiture, but also asks us to consider what we post of others on our various social media platforms and what that says about us as picture “takers.”

As for the exhibition title, the allusion is less to a quaint euphemism for a mirror than an introduction to the exhibition’s historical range: from works fashioned in the 19th century, when Carroll was writing, to those completed on the plastic screens we look at each day. Among the highlights to be found in The Looking Glass are works by Walker Evans, Käthe Kollwitz, Diego Rivera and Andy Warhol.

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Michael Turner


 Tue, Apr 4, 2017