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Phyllis Bramson

The Renaissance Society

Phyllis Bramson straddles two worlds that are far apart, her private domestic life and the public, artistic one. She engages in a balancing act while juggling responsibilities. She has to bend over backward to make these ends meet. These are the postures that the women in her paintings also assume.

In the earliest pieces this retrospective contained, which were done over a decade ago, Bramson seems to have been searching here, there, and everywhere for her style. She left behind one experiment after another, the way someone searching for the right pair of gloves might leave behind rooms full of disordered drawers because he or she is late for an important appointment. But gradually, out of the welter of images and emotions, a central drama—or perhaps it’s a vaudeville or circus act—began to take shape. Just what kind of theater it is isn’t important. I think Bramson feels that she has gained

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