Nov 7, 2013
Jul 7, 2010
Nov 7, 2013

Shirley Doll

Shirley Doll


Herbert Matter

(American, 1907–1984)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 20.2 x 25.8 cm (7 15/16 x 10 3/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2007.94



Matter, who produced Shirley Doll while shooting an assignment for Life magazine on doll manufacturing, emphasizes the dolls’ objectness by presenting a multiplicity of identical, hairless, mass-produced toys, heaped every which way on a bed. The doll, simultaneously lifelike and inanimate, presents the type of unresolvable contradiction valued by the Surrealists.

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