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Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary 1926-1938

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' He was a sophisticated trickster, a bourgeois gentilhomme with a geek inside, hacking into everyday life and planting little weirdness bugs: legs sprouting from shirt collars, rain falling upward, words having lives of their own.' The New York Times

Published in conjunction with a major exhibition organised by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, in collaboration with the Menil Collection, Houston, and the Art Institute of Chicago, Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938 focuses on the breakthrough surrealist years of René Magritte. 

Bringing together nearly 80 paintings, periodicals and early commercial work, it offers fresh insight into Magritte's identity as a revolutionary painter and surrealist artist. The book is organised into segments based on the artist's physical location--from Brussels to Paris, back to Brussels, and finally to London, where he completed commissions for Edward James. Contributors focus on Magritte's development of specific techniques to make ordinary objects seem unfamiliar. These included recontextualisation (placing an object into a location where it would not normally be found), metamorphosis (the visual transformation of one object into another), and deliberate mislabelling.

The publication also presents new research on Magritte's materials and techniques, and an illustrated chronology outlining significant moments in the artists life during this significant period, including travel, connections with other surrealist artists and writers, contributions to journals, and important exhibitions and reviews.

  • Author: Anne Umland, Curator of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Date published: September 2013
  • Language: English
  • ISBN:  978-0870708657
  • Product Dimensions: 27.3 x 22.9 x 2.5 cm