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Temptress

1978 Howard Newman Born: Elizabeth, New Jersey 1943 bronze 14 x 12 1/4 x 14 in. (35.5 x 31.1 x 35.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation 1985.30.54 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 50A


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Howard Newman often portrayed weapons and armor as extensions of the human body. Temptress is a malignant figure of a woman with a cracked, insectlike exoskeleton. She could be Eve in the Garden of Eden, offering fruit from the forbidden tree. Her grotesque armor and threatening features suggest a warning against the seductiveness of power in a modern, industrial world.

Keywords

Allegory - passion - temptation

Figure female

State of being - evil - temptation

sculpture

metal - bronze

About Howard Newman

Born: Elizabeth, New Jersey 1943

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