new-york

Elaine Sturtevant

57 STUX + Haller Gallery

Over the past few years myriad references have been made to this prototypical appropriator, this artist who, by copying the works of Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, and others in the mid '60s, anticipated the artistic discourse on originality by two decades. These discussions of Elaine Sturtevant's work repeatedly pointed to the way in which her re-creations paradoxically reduced the practices of Sherrie Levine, Mike Bidlo, and others to repetitions of a single, seminal activity. I just had to rush to see this show of work by an artist who, it seemed, had “done it all” for 20 years.

The exhibition indeed emitted a timely ring, as every one of the 10 images was “after” the work of another artist. Featured here were not Sturtevant's disquieting paintings from the ‘60s, which have received so much attention lately, but a brand-new series of works. The main

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