René Magritte: beyond painting

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Manchester University Press, Mar 15, 2010 - Art - 238 pages
This book offers a rethinking of Magritte’s art from a position informed by contemporary developments in art theory. The book employs a wide range of literary and philosophical/cultural theoretical frameworks to analyse Magritte’s art. It offers close readings of specific images, paying attention to neglected aspects of Magritte’s work, discussing the significance of cabinets of curiosities and encyclopaedias, trompe l’oeil, framing and forgeries. It addresses a range of intertextual relations between Magritte’s work and that of other Surrealist artists and the art-historical tradition.  This book explores how Magritte’s art challenges conventional notions of originality, canonicity and coherence, revealing his work as being shaped by co-operations and co-options. It demonstrates that uncertainty, incoherence and negation lie at the core of Magritte’s oeuvre.

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Cabinets of curiosities
Forging the past and the present
between words and images

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About the author (2010)

Patricia Allmer is Research Fellow in Art History at MIRIAD (Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design), at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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