PRINT September 1966

On Rene Magritte

Roger Shattuck

This week, associate editor Zack Hatfield introduces an essay by Roger Shattuck on Magritte that appeared in Artforum in September 1966. Currently on, Albert Mobilio reviews the newly published Magritte: A Life, a biography of the artist by Alex Danchev, with Sarah Whitfield.

Surrealism was once a dirty word among New York’s art-world influencers, who belittled the movement as a distraction from the reigning program of Greenbergian formalism. In part an attempt to sanitize Surrealism for contemporary discourse, Artforum’s divisive September 1966 issue—the cover is by Ed Ruscha—includes