Common sensical (as opposed to ontological) notions of reality seem to have become less commonsensical with the advent of reality television and in no small part the cavalier approach the Bush regime took to defining current political reality — there is that famous anecdote about a senior Bush administration official admonishing Ron Suskind for being part of the reality based community). Digital imaging and manipulation may have dimmed the lights on surrealist painters such as Yves Tanguy,Giorgio de Chirico, Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte but in my view comparisons with modern technological toys (movies and video games)enhance the stature and appreciation of those artists.
If you were proximal to the universe’s center of ambition, Manhattan, up until a few weeks ago you could have gone to the Museum of Modern Art to take in the Magritte exhibition , The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938 (If you live in Houston the exhibit will be there February 14–June 1, 2014 or in Chicago June 25–October 12, 2014). Failing that you can still get a fair sense of Magritte’s ouevre through the fine exhibition monograph ( assembled by Stephanie D’Alessandro, Michel Draguet,Anne Umland) and also the wonders of the Internet as seen here
Currently reading Lionheart by Justin Cartright (Bloomsbury)