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Craft: Metal: Famous Selection, from "The Deceiver and the Deceived" series
Famous Selection, from

Famous Selection, from "The Deceiver and the Deceived" series
Harriete Estel Berman
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

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

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.

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