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Woman Dressing

1950 David Hare Born: New York, New York 1917 Died: Jackson Hole, Wyoming 1992 ceramic/cut-out and fired on stone base 9 3/4 x 2 3/4 x 3 7/8 in. (24.9 x 7.0 x 10.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1976.53 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 49B


Luce Center Quote

“Art does not exist in the work itself. It takes form at some point in the air between the work and the observer.” David Hare, “American Surrealist,” 1977

Luce Center Label

David Hare was influenced by surrealist imagery, which often portrayed women in a sexual or violent way. In Woman Dressing a distorted female figure has been partially covered by strips of clay. The simple act of dressing has been transformed into something more sinister, as the snakelike forms appear to glide up the woman’s body and over her face. Hare wanted to provoke an emotional response in his audiences, calling upon them to decide what exactly is happening in the sculpture. In this way, the viewer becomes a participant in the scene and “completes” the artwork.

Keywords

Figure female

Recreation - leisure - grooming

sculpture

ceramic

stone