About this work

Barry Friedman Ltd
New York, NY
September 17 – October 17, 2009

Alice/Venus investigates female imagery through Alice from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and the Greco-Roman goddess Venus.  Exhibited at the Barry Friedman Gallery, seven figures of Alice and seven figures of Venus stood on opposites walls. The figures combine “Western” bodies and distinctively round Asian heads crowned with Tang Dynasty courtesan hair-dos. Takamori imagines the collage of these iconic gestures as an image of a “new type of woman” who might be “free from racial, cultural, religious and political bias…free to be who they are.”

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