Picks and Pans Review: Images of Liberty

updated 06/30/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/30/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Michael Grumet

A Brooklyn writer, Grumet has collected an amusing assortment of uses and misuses of Liberty's image. His accompanying text is another routine history, and many of the black-and-white illustrations are murky and dull. It's fascinating, though, to see the range of material the Lady has inspired. There is, for instance, David Smith's intricate 1939 sculpture Medals for Dishonor: The Fourth Estate, in which the statue is being hanged. Illustrator Ed Sorel rendered the statue as Richard Nixon making an obscene gesture in a critique of Nixon administration veteran policies. A beer company used her in an ad; so did an anti-itch medicine. Only in America, indeed. (Arbor House, paper, $12.95)

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