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
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 50A
Luce Center Label
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.
State of being - evil - temptation
metal - bronze