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    Standing Man, Standing Woman with Hat

    There is something magical about a reflection in a mirror. It seems to be an accurate record of what it represents, but it is reversed left to right and is subject to manipulation and distortion. Michelangelo Pistoletto plays with the idea of reflection and the merging of art and everyday life in this work.

    Figures are silkscreened on a piece of reflective stainless steel, creating permanent content for the piece. But as viewers pass in front of it, temporary inhabitants of the space—you—also appear and disappear.

    • Artist: Michelangelo Pistoletto, Italian, born 1933
    • Medium: Silkscreen on stainless steel
    • Dates: 1980
    • Dimensions: each panel: 90 5/8 x 49 1/4 in. (230.2 x 125.1 cm)  (show scale)
    • Collections:Contemporary Art
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
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    • Accession Number: 1995.198a-b
    • Credit Line: Gift of Miriam Katowitz and Arthur Radin
    • Rights Statement: © Michelangelo Pistoletto -- Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella
    • Caption: Michelangelo Pistoletto (Italian, born 1933). Standing Man, Standing Woman with Hat, 1980. Silkscreen on stainless steel, each panel: 90 5/8 x 49 1/4 in. (230.2 x 125.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Miriam Katowitz and Arthur Radin, 1995.198a-b. © Michelangelo Pistoletto -- Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella
    • Image: overall, CUR.1995.198a.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    • Catalogue Description: Two rectangular sheets of highly polished stainless steel screened with photographic silk screen images.
    • Record Completeness: Best (80%)
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    Recent Comments
    23:08 12/18/2010
    Iwould like to find out more about Standing Woman With Hat. This is a photograph of my sister-in-law Joyce Ackerman and I have been trying to find out more about this work since I saw it hanging in the museum many years ago.
    By Janet Ackerman
    16:39 12/22/2010
    I'd be happy to contact you via email to discuss this piece further. As you may know, there's a retrospective exhibition of Pistoletto's career currently on view at the Philadelphia Museum.
    By Eugenie Tsai, John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum

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