MAN IN THE BOWLER HAT
An Evening Exploring the Art of Thinking in the Paintings of René Magritte
Dr. Lisa Lipinski
Author of René Magritte and the Art of Thinking
Friday, July 19th, at 6:30 pm
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Dr. Lisa Lipinski, Assistant Professor of Art History at the Corcoran School of Arts and Design will read from and discuss fascinating findings in her new book, René Magritte and the Art of Thinking, recently published by Routledge Press.
This event will feature a reception with hors d'oeuvres , an open wine bar, a reading at 7:00 pm, followed by an interview of the author by Judith Viggers Nordin, former Dean of Students at the Corcoran College of Art + Design and past president of the Arts Club. The program will include iconic slide images of Magritte’s art.
Even if you do not know Magritte by name, you will probably recognize his images: The man in the bowler hat whose face is hidden by a green apple. The brown pipe floating above the words, Ceci n’est pas une pipe. The night-time street under a day-lit sky.
For René Magritte, the Belgian Surrealist painter, painting was a form of thinking. Through paintings of ordinary objects placed in unusual contexts or juxtapositions, Magritte probed the limits of our perception, what we see and cannot see because we may be blinded by our own misconceptions about the nature of reality and representation.
Play of illusion versus reality was a central concern and deceptively simple premise behind much of Magritte's work, leading some to dismiss his work because the artist refused to explain the meaning of his pictures. The best paintings by Magritte evoke mystery, which is unknowable and beyond words.
In René Magritte and the Art of Thinking, Lipinski traces the emergence and development of a central idea—painting as thought. Although he exhibited with the Surrealists and published essays and images in their journals, Magritte's work followed its own logic and eccentric path, which adds to the continued interest and relevance of his work today.
For additional information about the author and book, go to www.LisaLipinski.com