Sherrie Levine | the artist

The artist Sherrie Levine
Born 1947, Hazleton, Pennsylvania, USA.
Lives and works in New York.

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Sherrie Levine’s BARCHAM GREEN PORTFOLIO is a set of five etchings made at Crown Point Press in 1986…
In 1981, Levine photographed reproductions of Depression-era photographs by Walker Evans, such as this famous portrait of Allie Mae Burroughs, the wife of an Alabama sharecropper. The series, entitled After Walker Evans, became a landmark of postmodernism, both praised and attacked as a feminist hijacking of patriarchal authority, a critique of the commodification of art, and an elegy on the death of modernism. Far from a high-concept cheap shot, Levine’s works from this series tell the story of our perpetually dashed hopes to create meaning, the inability to recapture the past, and our own lost illusions…
Deploying a wide range of media including photography, painting, and bronze, Sherrie Levineís work raises questions about artís relationship to originality, authorship, and authenticity. Since the late 1970s, much of her practice has been posited as an explicit, secondary return to prior works by mostly male modern masters, notably in her early photographs including After Walker Evans (1981), for example, created by rephotographing a familiar picture by Walker Evans reproduced in an exhibition catalogue…
This art can only be viewed as a conceptual attempt at proving a point, as, unlike rap music, which gets somewhat ďdigestedĒ and turned into a new product, Levine often simply re-proposes existing artworks (as in the After Walker Evans series, or in After Alexander Rodchenko), without adding anything except the process, leaving the viewer with a puzzling thought: while copying a painting (or a sculpture) requires on the artistís part at least some technical ability, photographing a printed catalogue, offering an almost exact copy of the original, adding nothing, isnít a bit of a rip-off?

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