Picks and Pans Review: Miss Liberty?
by John Digby
Digby, a Long Island artist and poet, has concocted 71 strange collages that have the statue, or parts of it, woven into old lithographs and steel engravings. They all illustrate quotations in which the word "liberty" appears. Many are baffling, such as one of the statue being eaten by a hippopotamus next to a line from 18th-century poet Thomas Gray, "graver hours, that bring constraint/ To sweeten liberty." Others are amusing, such as one of a primly dressed Liberty entertaining a suitor, with a line from Samuel Johnson: "Virtue and Liberty engross his soul." (Thames and Hudson, paper, $10.95)
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