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Cordier-Ekstrom Gallery

Magritte’s La Représentation of 1954 depicts the pelvis of a Praxitelean model from the abdomen to just above the knees, framed in fitted gilt which exactly duplicates the profile of the Venus figure. The work appears in the enormously praised exhibition called “She,” ingeniously installed by Arne Ekstrom. The survey is based on the theme of the mystery of l’étemel féminin, the female representation in modern, exotic, oriental and so-called primitive cultures through an enormous number of ages and centuries. The Magritte, with its cool gray mounds and declivities, presents, like the clichés of Minimalism, both the figure and the ground within a congruent instant. As seemingly arbitrary as Oldenburg’s London monument of a pair of knees, the Magritte was compared to a black basalt Roman female torso of the first century A.D. Chilling grisaille against its model in black basalt. Little wonder

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