Review of "The Eye of the Artist: The Work of Devorah Sperber"
at the Brooklyn Museum
January 26-- May 6, 2007

New York Magazine
April 2007

"The Eye of the Artist: The Work of
Devorah Sperber"

By Michael Alan Connelly

Good luck pigeonholing neo-Renaissance woman Devorah Sperber, whose current exhibition qualifies her as an artist, a magician, and a scientist. Using thousands of spools of thread, Sperber painstakingly re-creates masterpieces of the Western canon—Da Vinci's The Last Supper and Van Eyck's Man in a Red Turban—as if she were a feminist Chuck Close with a hangup on the past. She's also got a gimmick: All images are upside down and backward and only become clear when viewed through an accompanying crystal ball that flips the artwork rightside up. Though she's ostensibly focusing on the science of perception, you may be too busy ooh-ing and ahh-ing to care. — Michael Alan Connelly

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