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1995 Bruce Metcalf Born: Amherst, Massachusetts 1949 painted, fabricated, and electroformed maple, copper, brass, silver, and 23k gold leaf 4 5/8 x 2 1/8 x 5/8 in. (11.6 x 5.4 x 1.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Sylvia and Eric Elsesser © 2013, Bruce Metcalf 2002.72.1 Not currently on view


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“[T]hese objects serve as message bearers, confirming us in our times of weakness and warning us in our moments of anger and insensitivity.” Artist quoted in Bruce Metcalf: New Wooden Jewelry, 1992

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Bruce Metcalf sees his pins “as documents or editorial cartoons in the manner of Daumier and Walt Kelly.” The artist exaggerates the human body to address contemporary social, political, and psychological problems. His figures have elongated limbs and distorted heads, and often lack one or more of the senses. The emotional turmoil in this figure is comical and absurd, conveying a message that is both compassionate and cautionary.

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Dress - accessory - cane

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decorative arts - jewelry

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