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Famous Selection, from "The Deceiver and the Deceived" series

1995-1996 Harriete Estel Berman Born: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 1952 vintage steel dollhouses, tins, and aluminum rivets 1 3/4 x 15 x 13 1/2 in. (4.4 x 38.1 x 34.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of an anonymous donor 1997.51 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 52B

Luce Center Quote

"All of us suffer to some degree . . . when we compare ourselves to these idealistic, figurative portrayals . . ." Artist's statement

Luce Center Label

Famous Selection is from a series titled The Deceiver and the Deceived, which combines one hundred and forty images of women from printed steel containers. Harriete Berman disassembled and flattened these, and, with the help of a sheet-metal brake, folded them into a fan shape symbolizing traditional ideas of domesticity and "feminine art." The difficult and dangerous work with the raw metal results in beautiful sculptures that reflect the mixed expectations of women in our culture.


Architecture Exterior - detail - wall

Architecture Interior - detail - fireplace

Architecture Interior - domestic

Figure female - child - full length

Figure group - female

Landscape - plant - rose

Object - art object - painting

Object - written matter

decorative arts

Crafts - Metal

metal - tin

readymade - toy

About Harriete Estel Berman

Born: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 1952