Sherrie Levine: MAYHEM

?Texts by Johanna Burton and Elisabeth Sussman. Contributions by Thomas Crow, David Joselit, Maria H. Loh, Howard Singerman, and Carrie Springer

Although the American artist and conceptual photographer Sherrie Levine (b. 1947) has been the subject of much critical discourse for the past thirty years, she has not been the subject of a comprehensive survey–until now. This handsome volume, created in close collaboration with the artist, contains 100 color images that cover the full range of Levine\s practice, from classic photographic works and sculptures to lesser-known drawings, paintings, and objects. A selection of writings by the artist and several essays by distinguished art historians augment the artworks. 

While much of Levine\s art has a historical basis—drawing on existing imagery from both high and low culture—her early and continued engagement with digital technology places her firmly within a contemporary context, in which the borrowing, reframing, and reproduction of imagery have become second nature. This book acknowledges the central role Levine has played in the history of appropriation, and also draws attention to her practice of using repetition, serial images, and the pairing of objects, thereby highlighting conceptual threads that run through her work. Above all, however, the publication focuses on the materiality of Levine\s art, emphasizing its powerfully seductive nature.


Publisher: Whitney Museum of American Art

Artists: Sherrie Levine

Contributors: Johanna Burton, Elisabeth Sussman

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Hardcover

Dimensions: 9 1/2 x 12 in | 24.1 x 30.5 cm

Pages: 216

Reproductions: 150 color

ISBN: 9780300175967

Retail: $60 | £40

Status: Out Of Print

Sherrie Levine

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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