Philip Pearlstein

American (born 1924)

Model On Bamboo Lounge With Artist Mannequin

2005

Oil on canvas

Gift of Philip Pearlstein

2013.22

As Kumanyika reclines gracefully, the presence of a large wooden artist’s mannequin adds a decidedly surreal touch to this composition. The coupling of the mannequin and model objectifies Kumanyika and personifies the mannequin. While the model and mannequin lounge closely together, they are disconnected from each other (though Kumanyika’s left arm creates a rhythm with the mannequin’s right one). The two figures’ expressions seem equally immobile.

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