Iago's Mirror

Fred Wilson (American, born in 1954)


80x 48 3/4 x 10 1/2 in. (203.2x123.8x26.7 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Murano glass, plywood, metal pins and hardware

On View

Angelica Lloyd Russell Gallery (Gallery 142)


Americas, Contemporary Art



Edition 6 of 6 + 2 AP +1 bon a tirer

Iago’s Mirror reflects Shakespeare’s Othello, the story of a black, Muslim military commander tragically undone by his soldier Iago’s racist manipulations. Working with Venetian glassmakers, Wilson reimagines the concept of a mirror by piling mirrors atop one another, and reverses centuries of tradition by painting the glass’s flip side black rather than silver. The result is an ominous symbol of the tensions that drive Shakespeare’s own Venetian tale.


Sold by the artist to The Pace Gallery, New York; 2011, sold by Pace Gallery to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 22, 2011)

Credit Line

John and Ernestine Payne Fund and The Heritage Fund for a Diverse Collection


© Fred Wilson 2009.