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Mirror

1978 Richard M. Hollander Born: Newark, New Jersey 1911 Died: Kansas City, Missouri 1991 steel 43 5/8 x 37 1/2 x 10 in. (110.9 x 95.2 x 25.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David K. Ray 1992.106 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, W310


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Richard Hollander's Mirror calls to mind a woman's vanity table, but reflects nothing except silvery lights and shadows. These shifting tones on the burnished surface suggest depth and atmosphere, so that the "mirror" begins to evoke a window into a mysterious space. It resembles an ancient artifact dug up from a tomb, summoning the rituals of a vanished, but probably very great, lady. And, if we look a little longer, the beautiful oval of metal perched above a rectangular stand becomes an archaic figure, a portrait, perhaps, of the lady herself.

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metal - steel