Montag, 20. Februar 2017

our secret desire is for a change in the order of things

"look at the lovers trying to kiss through their grey hoods, lips never meeting, the dry and suffocating fabric dead on the tongue. it is a masterpiece of sexual frustration. but the cornice above their heads also speaks of bourgeois imprisonment, of a couple glued together but stymied, blocked by each other. their hoods could as well be shrouds.
'our secret desire,' wrote magritte, 'is for a change in the order of things.' in disturbing the order, teasing the mind out of its old habits, turning pictures inside out, magritte activates those secret feelings. but what is surprising is how his pictures may act as both trigger and sustaining image."
laura cumming: rené magritte: the pleasure principle, the guardian