Smokin’ Mirrors 🚬
• René Magritte takes ordinary, everyday objects and fucks them up in super witty, cool and unusual ways so that what was once a recognizable object is strangely new. It’s like we’re encountering something for the first time without any context. He forces us to question what’s before us and to reeeeally question what’s our reality. #woke
• Mixed messages: There’s obviously a lot of paradoxes wrapped up in one small painting. We see a pipe but also see text saying “This is not a pipe”. Shit's about to get meta.
• Magritte isn’t using words to aid in explaining his work. He’s using words to make things even more complicated for us lol. He wants us to us to think about the relationship of the image to the sentence. Can we connect the sentence to the image? Does the word “pipe” even mean anything at all? Is the word "pipe" even a pipe?!
• From the super fresh and clean way the pipe is drawn, it feels like it’s straight out of an advertisement. And fun fact, Magritte did used to work in advertising. Here we go again with the conflicting messages. The image feels very matter of fact, this is clearly a pipe...yet it's also not.
• So what do you think? What's the realest pipe?
“The Treachery of Images (This is Not a Pipe)” by René Magritte, 1929
“The present exhibition brings together, in my opinion, some of the most memorable shows of 1963-64. These particular artists through their wide public exposure have created the atmosphere of the past season and will affect future developments. Their influence, however, is more from a shared spirit or attitude than from individual techniques. It is this immediate attitude we hope to capture.”
-Ti-Grace Sharpless, Curator and ICA Director, 1964
Featuring artists such as Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Jules Olitski, Robert Morris, Roy Lichtenstein, and Hans Hofmann, ‘The Atmosphere of ’64’ was ICA’s third exhibition, curated by then director Ti-Grace Sharpless. Sharpless, who would later reclaim her maiden name Atkinson, was one of the key figures in finding the Institute of Contemporary Art, acting as the first director of ICA and organized its inaugural exhibition, a solo show featuring the works of Clyfford Still.
‘The Atmosphere of ‘64’, Apr 17 – Jun 1, 1964. Featuring: John Chamberlain, Burgoyne Diller, Hans Hofmann, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Marisol, Robert Morris, Jules Olitski, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, George Segal, Frank Stella, George Sugarman, and Andy Warhol.
Images: 1-4) George Segal, ‘The Gas Station’ (detail), 1963, 25’ long. Green Gallery. Photos by Rudolph Burckhardt. 5) George Sugarman, ‘Inscape’, 1964, 13’ x 8’ x 28”. Stephen Radich Gallery. Photo by: Adolph Studly. 6) Frank Stella, ‘Sidney Guberman’, 1963, 77” x 89½”. Collection of Lawrence Rubin, New York, New York. Photo by: Hollis Frampton. 7) Hans Hofmann, ‘Toward Crepiscule’, 1963, 60” x 72”, Kootz Gallery. Photo by: Percy Rainford. 8) Robert Rauschenberg, ‘Shaftway’ (detail), 1963, 60” x 60”. Collection of Myron Orlovsky, White Plains, New York. Photo by Rudolph Burckhardt.