LAST CHANCE —
Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938
September 28, 2013–January 12, 2014
Belgian Surrealist René Magritte has long captivated audiences across the North America and Europe with his mysterious paintings. Now, he’s casting his spell over viewers at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, where “Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938″ is on display until Jan. 12.
“The Mystery of the Ordinary” is the first large solo show of Magritte’s work in more than a decade and focuses on the time period when “Magritte became Magritte,” according to curator Ann Ulmland.
Magritte achieved fame with his artwork that created dissonant, arresting images. Paintings like “Time Transfixed” have an almost nightmarish quality to them, while his more peaceful works, like “The Kiss,” suggest a fantasy world dreamed up by an imaginative child.
Magritte is known for a few blockbuster pieces — “The Son of Man” is one of his most famous — but “The Mystery Of The Ordinary” delves deeper than his widely known successes. In its review, the New York Times said “We’re unlikely ever to see Magritte look better than he does in the MoMA show” and praised the curators for selecting a variety of artwork that shows the breadth and depth of Magritte’s inspirations and attempts at commentary. The Village Voice called it a “landmark show” and Time Out New York said it “speaks eloquently to the uneasy period between World Wars.”
Given that most major critics have all praised the exhibit, it seems like this show will be the toast of the New York art scene this fall and winter.
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Top photo: René Magritte, “The Secret Player”
Bottom photo: René Magritte, “On the Threshold of Liberty”, 1937