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Art in Review

Tricia Collins-Grand Salon
83 Grand Street
Through Jan. 25

The small sculptures of Eric Rhein, by contrast, are complex efforts to merge sexuality and beauty while giving an edginess to both. Mr. Rhein, who has been a jewelry designer, uses wire filaments to weave openwork, basketlike sculptures. The most striking of them are in the shape of phalluses and are intended as portraits of friends …; others look like filigreed Easter eggs ornamented with crystals and bits of found jewelry. In each, the combination of art and craft, delicacy and resiliency, feminine and masculine is exquisitely wrought and is, as it should be, seductive and disturbing.

Holland Cotter
"Art in Review", The New York Times
January 17, 1997

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