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"Men Seldom Make Passes at Girls Who Wear Glasses"
1985

"Pop culture and cliche are central to Alexis Smith's oversized portrait of the queen of glamour, Merilyn Monroe. Inside her eccentric sunglasses are two framed collages which function as "art" for the wall as well as stylish "shades" for the Hollywood starlet. Contained within these specs are images of football players and the writer Dorothy Parker's famous 1940's quip, "Men Seldom Make Passes at Girls Who Wear Glasses." The themes of "what is sexy" and "who's gazing at whom" are continued with traces of liptick, a letterman's letter, and an eye-exam chart. Painted directly into the wall, this larger than life Merilyn touts notions of fame and famousness familiar to the Southern California culture."

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