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Standing Man, Standing Woman with Hat

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Contemporary Art

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.
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
CREDIT LINE Gift of Miriam Katowitz and Arthur Radin
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Two rectangular sheets of highly polished stainless steel screened with photographic silk screen images.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
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. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.1995.198a.jpg)
IMAGE overall, CUR.1995.198a.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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RIGHTS STATEMENT © Michelangelo Pistoletto -- Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella
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