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Exhibit of Artist Raoul Middleman's self-portraits opens at MICA
Exhibit of Artist Raoul Middleman's self-portraits opens at MICA

The first thing Raoul Middleman paints is his eye. He paints his right eye, to be precise, in a self-portrait that the Baltimore-born artist created while looking into a mirror. First there's a horizontal brown smudge that forms the upper rim of the eye socket, and then the artist adds a slash of reddish tan that morphs into his nose. Middleman's hand moves quickly in the video shot in 1969 by the experimental filmmaker Phill Niblock, almost more quickly than a viewer can track his movements. In 21/2 minutes, the self-portrait is done. And there Middleman is at age 34: thick-necked, ruddy and doing what he does best with those penetrating dark brown eyes — looking. ...

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