• About The Treachery of Images

Rene Magritte, The Treachery of Images, 1928-29. Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

This Is Not A Pipe.

1. Marked by betrayal of fidelity, confidence, or trust; perfidious.

2. Marked by unforeseen hazards; dangerous or deceptive: treacherous waters.

3. Unstable and unpredictable
The Treachery of Images is a workspace dedicated to furthering important critical discourse in Contemporary Art.


Art lies.

It cheats, steals, and deceives. Art picks our pocket. It mugs us in a darkened alleyway, sells our own watch back to us around the corner, then collects the insurance.

Despite all this, we fall in love with it. Art pierces our hearts. And then it betrays us. Rene Magritte’s famous painting is a warning – that images are never what they first appear to be.

The Treachery of Images speaks to their uncanny powers. For what if images were always faithful, honest, and kindhearted? What if they only told the truth?

The answer is that then they would be a lot safer. But also dead, powerless, inanimate. That images can lie to us, betray us, even hurt us – reflects their haunting power to inspire, to innovate, to engage.

This website is dedicated to all those great unfaithful images out there, and to all the broken hearts they leave behind.