Lauchie Reids was featured in NOW’s Top Ten Art Shows of 2014 as selected by Fran Schechter and David Jager

The great shows this year included a retrospective of an icon, savvy cultural analysis and, most often, pointed political commentaries on resistance, eco-issues and gender.

Narwhal, September 6 to October 4

Team Macho founder Lauchie Reid’s show of new paintings had him doing what he does best: using classical painterly tropes to send up concealed historical narratives in ways that were both poignant and deliciously perverse. The group portrait of upper-class 19th-century women wearing iron scolds alone was one of the lasting artistic images of the Toronto season. Going beyond the whimsical, eccentric and twee, Reid displayed a masterly grasp of the ironies of representation.

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