Maker and role
Artist: Isamu Noguchi, American, 1904-1988
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In The Mirror, a thin folded piece of aluminum supports a larger, flat shape that is quadrilateral with rounded corners and sits precariously balanced atop a thin support. The sculpture resembles a hand mirror although the typically reflective aluminum has been painted black. An opening in the upper element creates a window that also resembles an eye. Three nodules irregularly placed along the perimeter of the upper element contribute to a sense of anthropomorphism.
The sense of anthropomorphism, allusion to architecture, and use of industrial materials correpsond to sculpture and drawings Noguchi created in the 1930s and 40s. However, in 1961, The Mirror and other works in the Weightlessness exhibition were considered by critics as too commercial.
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