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Sam Messer, Birthday Portrait #51
Galleries

The art of attraction

Images explore desire, politics, and advertising

By Cate McQuaid
Globe Correspondent / May 31, 2007

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The centerpiece of painter Sam Messer's show at Nielsen Gallery is a bronze sculpture of a figure with the shoulders, head, and arms of a gorilla and the torso and legs of a man. The half-man, half-beast theme is nothing new, but there's something compelling and original about this version. Messer doesn't strike the trite and typical balance of a ... (Full article: 849 words)

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