Miriam Cahn devoir-aimer

Anxious visions of vulnerability and exile

By Violaine Boutet De Monvel

Miriam Cahn, desaster (27.7.16), 2016, oil on canvas, 206 × 300 cm. Courtesy Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris

Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris 29 April – 17 June Upon entering devoir-aimer (literally ‘must-love’), Miriam Cahn’s fourth solo show at Jocelyn Wolff, I was immediately struck by unklar(7.7.16) (2016), one of seven recent oil paintings displayed alongside a selection of pastel, chalk and charcoal drawings. This half-length portrait represents a human-size naked female figure standing against the murk of a rapidly executed bluish-green background, which evokes the desolation of a burnt land. Wearing what appears to be a bright azure, yet completely…

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