Janet Werner in Border Crossings
In Border Crossings (Vol. 39, Issue 153), Ana Osterweil signs an article on Janet Werner’s retrospective exhibition presented at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal from October 31, 2019 until January 5, 2020.
Showcasing her relentless anatomization of female subjectivity, this survey of the last decade sampled the painter’s consistent exploration of carnivalesque parody and female masquerade before culminating in a haunting suite of still lifes. Organized with a canny eye for visual and thematic correspondence by curator François LeTourneux, the retrospective demonstrated the keen intelligence that Werner brings to portraits of women negotiating the perils of exposure.Ara Osterweil