November 12, 2006
JOHN BALDESSARI 'We don't notice him' "WHEN I was in school, Duchamp was the major force," Baldessari says, musing over Magritte's place in art history. The French Dadaist still gets much more respect than the Belgian Surrealist. But "Wrong," Baldessari's deadpan painting of a photograph explaining how not to compose a picture, based on an example in an art instruction book, has a lot in common with Magritte's irreverence toward the rules and conventions of art education.
November 12, 2006 |
MAGRITTE is back. Not that the natty guy in the black bowler ever really left. He fell out of fashion long before his death, in 1967, but graphic designers and illustrators never stopped mining the Belgian Surrealist's work for visual shock and dreamy wit. Despite perpetually changing styles, new generations of painters, sculptors and filmmakers continue to assimilate his ideas in disjunctive images and enigmatic combinations of pictures and words.
October 8, 2005 |
Visitors who remember the "Keystone Kops" are sure to be baffled when they see the Rene Magritte painting for the first time: The image of a woman's nightgown hanging alone in a wardrobe is titled "In Memory of Mack Sennett," the father of slapstick comedy in motion pictures. But Magritte, one of the world's most popular Surrealists, deliberately sought such paradox in his works. "The titles of paintings are not explanations and the paintings are not illustrations of their titles," he once said.
June 6, 2002 |
Men in suits and bowler hats, green apples, puffy white clouds in blue skies, a floating boulder, black umbrellas: The imagery of Belgian Surrealist painter Rene Magritte dominates Barry Kornhauser's play "This Is Not a Pipe Dream." Kornhauser's exploration of theater, art and reality is a play-within-a-play, fed by Magritte's observations and signature images, including his seminal pipe painting, "Ceci n'est pas une pipe," and his self-portrait obscured by an apple.
April 14, 1998 |
His jarring visions spawned the posters that decorated a million dormitory rooms. Familiar yet bizarre, Rene Magritte's creations--impossible landscapes, men in bowler hats, giant apples, floating boulders--have been plundered by advertisers, spoofed by critics and mass-marketed into one of the best-known cultural products of the 20th century. Despite its ubiquity, the art of the Belgian Surrealist, who would have turned 100 this year, continues to attract large crowds.
November 13, 1997 |
Inventive, funny and definitely not the usual children's theater fare, "This Is Not a Pipe Dream," based on the words and work of Belgian Surrealist Rene Magritte, is an outstanding treat at Cal State Northridge for ages 8 and up. Playwright Barry Kornhauser's fantasy romp incorporates the images and words of the artist. It revolves around childhood experiences that fed Magritte's unsettling artistic vision in which words become meaningless and nothing is as it appears.