Sherrie Levine: African Masks After Walker Evans
Essay by Kay Heymer
Sherrie Levine: African Masks After Walker Evans continues the artist’s questioning of traditional ideas of originality and authorship, developed over four decades, and her interest in the deconstruction of images and objects from the past in order to create new relationships with contemporary audiences today. Through repetition, duplication and restatement, this series not only re-examines the central and ongoing concerns of Levine’s artistic practice but also revisits one of the most prominent subjects of her oeuvre – the work of Walker Evans.
Publisher: Jablonka Galerie, in collaboration with David Zwirner Books and Simon Lee Gallery
Artists: Sherrie Levine
Contributors: Kay Heymer
Designer: Ku¨hle und Mozer
Printer: Kettler, Bonen
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 9 1/2 x 12 1/2 in (24.1 x 31.8 cm)
Reproductions: 24 b&w
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Sherrie Levine’s work epitomizes many of the core tenets of postmodern art, incisively challenging notions of originality, authenticity, and identity. Since the late 1970s, she has created a singular and complex oeuvre using a variety of media, including photography, painting, and sculpture. Many of her works are explicitly appropriated from artworks within the modernist canon, while others are more general in their references, assimilating art historical interests and concerns rather than specific objects. Some of Levine’s earliest work was included in Pictures, an important exhibition at Artists Space in New York in 1977 curated by Douglas Crimp that came to define The Pictures Generation—a group of artists examining the structures of signification underlying any image.
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Kay Heymer is Head of Modern Art at the Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf, Germany.