Drawing Comparisons With his latest exhibit, Dark Energy, Post cartoonist Gary Clement used India ink to explore cosmology, archeology, sitcoms, bodily functions, music, poetry and astronauts, among other things, alongside Thelma Rosner’s show Dictionary, a word-saturated set of works that examines Jewish-Muslim relations in both historical and contemporary contexts. Clement will also be in conversation with Post reporter Peter Kuitenbrouwer on Mar. 5 at 3 p.m. Feb. 19 to Mar. 13. Loop Gallery, 1273 Dundas St. W. Free; loopgallery.ca.
His friends as fiends: Otto Dix’s grotesque portraits of loved ones reflect the difficulty of readjusting to life after the First World War. Rouge Cabaret continues to Jan. 2 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art
In X’ed Out, the first in a three-volume series, cartoonist Charles Burns idea spread like a disease, resulting in a narrative that alternates between reality and a surreal dreamscape. The book blends a semi-autobiographical account of Burns’ twenties with the work of author William S. Burroughs, cartoonist Hergé and the artist Lucas Samaras. It is Little Nemo meets David Lynch.
A wealth of undocumented works by Pablo Picasso emerged this week after a retired French electrician revealed he had hidden the set away in his garage for the past 40 years. Pierre Le Guennec, 71, worked for Picasso for three years until the artist died in 1973, and claims the artworks were given to him in exchange for electrical work. Picasso’s son Claude, however, believes the collection, valued at about US$50-million, was stolen. French police have seized the 271 pieces, many of which belong to the artist’s Blue and Cubist periods.