Liliana Porter
The Door
1977

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medium: photo etching and aquatint

In this piece, Porter uses a book with reproductions of René Magritte's The Key of Dreams paintings from the 1930's. She plays with language in much the same way as Magritte did in many of his own works in order to question the distance between words and objects. Magritte would often do this by changing the name of things--calling a horse a door, or a shoe the moon--in order to make us aware that objects and names are not inextricable, and that the moment you take away the name of an object, the object is freed from its normalized constraints and open in its possible signifiers and meanings.

In this print, Porter "corrects” one of Magritte's erroneous juxtapositions by cutting a section of the page to make it look like a door, thereby aligning the verbal signifier with the signified. Of course, this act in itself is another “mistake"--a further incongruity meant to serve as metaphor for our inability to apprehend a more fluid reality.
Details
Artist
Liliana Porter (1941, Argentina)
Creation Year
1977
Medium
Etching
Aquatint
Movement & Style
Contemporary
Condition
Excellent
Dimensions
11.75 in. H x 9.25 in. W
Dealer Location
San Francisco, CA
Number of Items
1
Reference Number
LU601603663
Address
Hosfelt Gallery
260 Utah St.
San Francisco CA 94103
US
(415) 851-9176
Associations
  • Art Dealers Association of America
1stdibs Gallery since 2011 Located in San Francisco, CA
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