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Attempting the Impossible

One of the more intriguing paintings by Belgian Surrealist René Magritte shows the artist creating a woman using his paintbrush. Now, despite my dislike of Magritte’s elevation of himself to a godlike status as he fashions a woman to stand beside him, an object of his dreams rather than a subject with dreams of her own, I appreciate the way Magritte approaches painting. 675 more words


Painting Restoration: "Paris Street; Rainy Day" -Caillebotte

Until stumbling upon the celebrity version of art restoration in National Treasure it is easy to overlook this work that goes on daily in museums around the globe. 314 more words


Tourist for a Day

I live in Chicago. Technically, a suburb of Chicago, but I can go downtown anytime I want. If you’re like me, it can be really easy to get into a mindset that is superior to out-of-towners. 683 more words

Life Lessons

Art, College, And Philanthropy

A round peg in a square hole – have you ever thought of yourself this way? Most artists and creative people are “different,” to put it politely. 769 more words


The Art Institute

So, it turns out that the Art Institute is free for Illinois residents for three hours every Thursday night (!). Now, since it’s art, it is not like a normal museum-you can pretty much see what you need to see in three hours (though keep in mind no special exhibits are included).   79 more words

"It Is in Vain That We Say What We See"

French philosopher Michel Foucault published a book using René Magritte’s famous The Treachery of Images, on view in “Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938,” as a starting point. 1,068 more words


Escape Artist

Pt. I

“You can tell me to shut up, you know”
“…but if you stop talking, I’ll stop laughing.”

Pt. II

(suddenly, without warning):
“you’re one of a kind.” 117 more words