David Barnett (American, b. 1946)
Radio and Bowlers in the Cloud: Homage to René Magritte, 2020
Giclée, iridescent watercolor, and acrylic on watercolor paper
29.75 x 29.75 in
"Radio and Bowlers in the Cloud" is a work by David Barnett inspired by the surrealist works of René Magritte in conjunction with the David Barnett Gallery's 2020 exhibition of Magritte lithographs. In this artwork, Barnett references this past master, but also contemporary technology by making bowler hats dance across the cloud-filled sky above an antique GE radio. Magritte often used the character of a man in a bowler hat to explore the uncanny and dreamlike. He also often uses images of clouds for the same effect. In contemporary parlance, however, the cloud is an abstract and displacing technology that allows us to save our files, photos, and music in the ether of the internet. Overall, this is a colorful and playful work that bridges past and present. Giclée with iridescent watercolor and acrylic on watercolor paper 29.75 x 29.75 inches, artwork 37.63 x 37.63 inches, frame Signed and dated lower left Signed, date and inscribed en verso Framed to conservation standards using archival materials including 100 percent rag matting, Museum Glass to reduce reflections and inhibit fading, and housed in a wood modern profile gold moulding.