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Sherrie Levine

Mary Boone Gallery | Uptown

For her recent foray into sculpture, Sherrie Levine takes Marcel Duchamp’s The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even, 1915–23, as her model. Ostensibly fulfilling Duchamp’s original intention, Levine has the bachelors cast three-dimensionally in frosted glass. The resultant objects, reminiscent of Art Decoor industrial lighting fixtures, are then displayed in tony cherry-wood vitrines. The gallery lights are dimmed and the frosted glass bachelors, spotlit from above, give off a dull luminescence, the barest of scintillations. The entire installation suggests a jewelry store after closing, once the baubles have been removed from the cases.

Levine’s attitude toward her sources is typically pitched somewhere between admiration and spite. Borrowing from the Dadaist chessmaster, Levine simply acknowledges the enormous effect of his reservoir of poses on her own practice. At the same time,

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