It’s been a big week in art … with Jim Pavlidis

“Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.”

So said Belgian Surrealist painter Rene Magritte, who clearly hadn’t encountered footy, where every mystery can be explained via an ever-growing trove of statistical information.

Illustration: Jim Pavlidis (left), and Magritte original.Credit:

Magritte reworked familiar objects and scenarios into visual riddles which challenged common pre-conceptions.

He dreaded “knowing precisely my own limitations”, a fear that didn’t seem to trouble Brad Scott, who last week acknowledged his limitations by stepping down as coach of North Melbourne.

The figures tell the story – 211 games in 10 years for 106 wins and 105 losses. For the eternally under-resourced Kangaroos, this is a worthy record and one which will ensure a future coaching role remains a possibility should Scott ever seek one.

Meanwhile, caretaker coach Rhyce Shaw enjoyed a statistically magical win on Friday night, with the 37-year-old’s team beating Richmond by 37 points.

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