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Richard Hollander's Mirror calls to mind a woman's vanity table, but reflects nothing except silvery lights and shadows. These shifting tones on the burnished surface suggest depth and atmosphere, so that the "mirror" begins to evoke a window into a mysterious space. It resembles an ancient artifact dug up from a tomb, summoning the rituals of a vanished, but probably very great, lady. And, if we look a little longer, the beautiful oval of metal perched above a rectangular stand becomes an archaic figure, a portrait, perhaps, of the lady herself.

Credit: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David K. Ray

110.9 x 95.2 x 25.3 cm
Image and text: Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2024

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