Merci, M. Magritte

I’ve made six posters for my current show, “How To Be Friends”, with my friend Maggie Stern at The Arsenal Center for the Arts. Posters are designed to make us look and consider information and ideas. In mine, I’m hoping we might consider how we can live better lives.

Three of the posters take off on René Magritte’s famous 1928 pipe painting “The Treachery of Images” which now resides at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In his painting of a pipe, he wrote the words “Ceçi nest pas une pipe” (“This is not a pipe”) making the point that a painting is not the thing itself but a representation of something—a conduit for perception, felt experience and ideas. In mine, I add a few words in homage to M. Magritte’s wit and wisdom.

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