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Mezzofist #2

1990 Susan Rothenberg Born: Buffalo, New York 1945 United Limited Art Editions (Publisher) mezzotint with hand-coloring on paper image: 17 3/4 x 13 1/2 in. (45.2 x 34.3 cm) sheet: 24 1/4 x 19 3/8 in. (61.7 x 49.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Margrit and Jack Vanderryn 2007.10.2 Not currently on view


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Susan Rothenberg’s art is distinguished by psychologically charged images, heavily abstracted but still recognizable as living forms. Best known for her early images of horses, she has turned her attention to the expressive qualities of the human form, often suggesting motion through broad, gestural marks. Through simplification of shapes, she achieves an intensity and directness of expression in which enigma and ambiguity take on psychological dimensions. In Mezzo Fist II the subject appears to be a figure hitting its own face with its fist. Her imagery functions metaphorically rather than literally, with themes of violence, menace, confrontation, and sexuality expressed through contrasts of hard and soft, male

Multiplicity, 2011

Keywords

graphic arts - print

paper - j. whatman 1962 england

hand-colored

mezzotint

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Born: Buffalo, New York 1945

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