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Sherrie Levine / Haim Steinbach

Jay Gorney Modern Art

This two-person exhibition, although not a collaborative effort, demonstrated parallels in the thought of the participating artists. The works shown were about the use and character of the mass-produced object and, along the way, the artists touched on many issues concerning the expansion of consumer culture.

Sherrie Levine was represented by spin-offs on her recent “generic” stripe paintings, with the stripes here applied to four prefabricated wooden chair seats. The ones used are the most basic, with a slightly recessed area that curves to fit the buttocks (curves that cast attractive shadows when the seats are hung on the walls and lit from above). You’ve sat on thousands of such chairs—in schools, offices, and so on—but Levine has transmuted them into wall-hung works, or what we conventionally call “paintings.” In each case, the seat has been worked with patterns of two- or three-color

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