|Doric Temple at Segesta|
... AND ...
But, alas ... we are back - on the cultural & culinary prowl - here in New York and environs. However, we are certainly not sufficiently well rested from the vicissitudes of our rather lengthy trip. Nevertheless, continuing our New York Metro peregrinations, we turn, once again, to MoMA (11 West 53rd, between 5th & 6th) which has, yet again, mounted a spectacularly rich & comprehensive show entitled "Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926- 1938" (running through January 12th, 2014).
|The Lovers, 1928|
|The Menaced Assassin, 1927|
I, for one, see the work not so much in terms of "the mystery of the ordinary," but rather as an almost natural juxtaposition of the ordinary and the uncanny, or the uncanny amidst the ordinary (see, for example, Magritte's The Menaced Assassin, painted in Brussels,1927);
|The False Mirror, 1928|
|The Treachery of Images, 1929|
Additionally, Magritte creates images tending to deny (to negate) images (themselves) with language and he presents instances of language which tend to deny the image presented (the well-known but still noteworthy, "Ceci n'est pas une pipe.").
By the way, MoMA is offering a typically in-depth, comprehensive catalogue for purchase that accompanies this major exhibit assembled for Magritte - Belgian painter, print-maker & photographer who has come to be known as one of the great figures of the surrealist tradition, or, as MoMA has put it, he is "perhaps the greatest Belgian artist of the 20th century."
|Attempting the Impossible, 1928|
|Not to be Reproduced, 1937|
|Gravlox + Potato Pancakes|
|Welcome to Russian Vodka House|
|Grilled Cornish Hen|