|Unknown artist (attribution revoked from Nicolas Poussin), Augustus and Cleopatra, 17th C. Oil on canvas. Collection of the National Gallery of Canada, purchased 1953.|
On now at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery in Toronto is Counterintelligence, an exhibition about intelligence and deception curated by revered Canadian-turned-Berlin transplant Charles Stankievech. Inspired by the events that transpired around the secretive life of Sir Anthony Blunt, a British spy turned Canadian curator, museum director, and art consultant, Counterintelligence examines art in the context of double agents, camouflage, ciphers, decoys, and the ever-pervasive military-industrial complex.
The list of participating artists is long and cheeky: Dan Graham and Arthur Erickson are listed alongside organizations such as Hizbollah and the NSA. Even freedom-of-information posterboy Edward Snowden is a participant. Winsor Gallery's Dana Claxton will be showing her AIM Series -- a body of work consisting of large-scale reproductions of censored FBI documents concerning the American Indian Movement (AIM).
Learn more about this fascinating exhibition here.