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Malcah Zeldis

(The Bronx, New York, 1931 - )

Rita

1988

Oil on fiberboard

30 x 40 1/8 in. (76.2 x 101.9 cm)

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr.

1991.65

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Malcah Zeldis creates stylized, vividly colored images of people she admires or with whom she identifies. In this work, she offers her version of a scene from the 1946 movie 'Gilda' in which actress Rita Hayworth, playing the title character, performs a mock strip tease. By enlarging Hayworth’s figure far out of proportion to her surroundings, Zeldis glorifies the star’s compelling combination of sensuality, confidence and humor.

Marks

Signed LR: "M. Zeldis 88."

Keywords
Folk Art
American
Painting
Bar
Stage
Red
United States
Dance
Crowd
Contemporary Art