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Most art aficionados recognize Rene Magritte's masterpiece "La trahison des images," (The Treachery of Images) of 1928-29 .Magritte's pipe has inspired many artists, not least himself. It has also was inspired Italian artist Remo Ciucciomei, a selection of whose recent works are now up at Zico House in an exhibition entitled "Ceci n'est pas une Peinture" (This is not a Painting).Onlookers see a painting that is not a painting but instead an intermediary trying to pierce the barrier between art and the epistemology of art.One painting (the only untitled piece of the exhibition) epitomizes Ciucciomei's objective.Its humorous use of mise en abime reflects on Magritte's treachery – that is, what the viewer sees is not Ciucciomei's painting, but the artist's representation of a painting.Given the artist's interest in work-in-progress art, should this tableau be read as an extension of the exhibition itself and, if so, how?
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