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

Time Out New York
Issue 18: April 2007

Day at the Museum
By Carmela Ciuraru

Looking for family-friendly exhibits this month, but unsure where to turn? Here's a roundup of our top spring picks.

Brooklyn Museum

In her solo show “The Eye of the Artist,” Devorah Sperber helps museumgoers refine the art of seeing. Are her works sculptures? Are they paintings? They’re a bit of both, it turns out, although her preferred medium is spools (as in spools of thread). Sperber makes amazing full-scale re-creations of masterpieces such as Da Vinci’s Last Supper and Mona Lisa, as well as Picasso’s famed portrait of Gertrude Stein. But you’ll have to take a closer look. Her works play pleasing tricks on the mind, thereby providing kids with a fun exercise: For example, the sculpture-paintings appear abstract when observed from a distance. But viewed through special acrylic optical devices in front of each piece, it’s clear that these are pixellated, inverted renditions of famous works of art. The familiar becomes unfamiliar, and vice versa. Don’t miss it.

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