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Michael Merrill

Brian Jungen (Place-des-Arts Metro)


Michael Merrill
Born in Montreal in 1953


Brian Jungen (Place-des-Arts Metro)




Vinyl paint on plywood


18.6 x 23.8 cm


Purchase, Arthur Lismer Fund, inv. 2009.47


Quebec and Canadian Art

This small painting, characteristic of the Merrill’s work, features a poster for the Brian Jungen retrospective held at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in 2006. The poster is divided between two advertising columns in a corridor of the Place des Arts metro station in Montreal. The columns’ triangular shape and the angle chosen by the artist impart a sense of movement to the whale skeleton, an iconic image of Jungen’s in the National Gallery of Canada collection. This suggested movement occurs in a space frequented by cultural consumers, a space in which Jungen’s work must stake its claim amid a profusion of other signs.

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