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

  • Harriete Estel Berman, Famous Selection, from "The Deceiver and the Deceived" series, 1995-1996, toy, tin, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of an anonymous donor, 1997.51

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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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"All of us suffer to some degree . . . when we compare ourselves to these idealistic, figurative portrayals . . ." Artist's statement
Famous Selection, from "The Deceiver and the Deceived" series
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1 3/4 x 15 x 13 1/2 in. (4.4 x 38.1 x 34.3 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of an anonymous donor

  • Landscape – plant – rose
  • Architecture Interior – domestic
  • Object – art object – painting
  • Architecture Exterior – detail – wall
  • Architecture Interior – detail – fireplace
  • Object – written matter
  • Figure female – child – full length
  • Figure group – female
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