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Sherrie Levine

Donald Young Gallery

Sherrie Levine’s work arouses a certain degree of wariness, a sense of elusive suspicion that can never quite be put to rest. Levine herself has done much to set up that scenario, creating work that can leave one in the position of being a dangling participant. She sends up our deep-seated attachment to the concept of the authentic and the original, as well as our hallowed hopes for traditional discourse and/or revelation in art. These qualities are rarely en-countered in the artist’s work, or, better, are found and exposed in a new light. Levine sometimes seems—all pejorative connotations aside—a negative force, whose work demonstrates how much can be gained through the loss of illusions.

This exhibition featured work from two of the ongoing series that have occupied Levine over the past few years. Since 1985, she has been framing variously sized sheets of unpainted plywood, altering them

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