This exhibition is inspired by LACMA’s Magritte masterpiece––The Treachery of Images (This is not a pipe)––a seminal painting in Surrealism and modern art that has become an instantly recognizable, popular culture icon. It traces the direct and oblique influences that Magritte's work (both the word image paintings and other key images) has had on subsequent generations of artists. While there have been many Magritte survey shows, this exhibition seeks to explore his impact and connection to other artists by examining the different ways that pop, conceptual and post-modern sensibilities have related to his work. It will present forty to fifty Magritte paintings along with an equal number of paintings and sculptures by international artists working over the past forty years and will include the work of Jasper Johns, Ed Ruscha, Vija Celmins, Joseph Kosuth, Sherrie Levine, Richard Artschwager, Jeff Koons, Martin Kippenberger, Jim Shaw, Raymond Pettibon, Robert Gober and Marcel Broodthaers.
Featuring LACMA's celebrated painting, the exhibition revolves around a very popular but not fully understood painter and thinker. By revealing his complex influences on and pivotal role for a number of important contemporary artists, the show will contribute to the scholarship of Magritte, Surrealism, and contemporary art.
Official Website: http://www.lacma.org/art/ExhibUpcoming.aspx#magritte
Added by mote on June 29, 2006