Image: Rita
(The Bronx, New York, 1931 - )

Rita , 1988

Oil on fiberboard
30 in. x 40 1/8 in. (76.2 cm x 101.92 cm)
Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr.
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.
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