In the News: Reviews of ‘CounterIntelligence’


Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

January 24–March 16, 2014
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

CounterIntelligence, a project by Berlin-based artist Charles Stankievech, contemplates the intersection of art and military intelligence communities, gleaning historic examples ranging from a 1930s anarchist double agent who designed Spanish torture cells based on Surrealist and Bauhaus aesthetics to a civilian bookwork circumventing the NSA’s control of encryption. Instead of focusing on the mechanics of propaganda or questioning the power of the image in today’s media saturated Military Industrial Complex, this exhibition explores the hidden gestures and strategic deceptions of a shadow world, covering a spectrum of work from historical military artifacts to contemporary artwork.


The Star – Jan. 29, 2014
Art in the age of Edward Snowden

Canadian Art – Jan. 29, 2014
Counterintelligence: Declassifying the Shadowy Realm of Art and Military Intelligence

Akimbo – Feb. 4, 2014
CounterIntelligence at Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

The Varsity – Jan. 29, 2014
Counterintelligence through Charles Stankievech