New York

Sherrie Levine And Joost Van Oss

Paula Cooper Gallery | 534 West 21st Street

For all its theoretical sophistication and high-wire cerebral balancing acts, Sherrie Levine’s art has often fused a sense of mourning with a sense of humor. Duplicating classic works of “heroic” modernism, sometimes more or less exactly (as in her 1981 photographic series “After Walker Evans”), sometimes shifting them into another medium or turning the elements of a two-dimensional image into sculpture, she can leave you with the sense that doors are closing, options are narrowing, and the only way left to be original is to carve tombstones for the past. On a different day, though, or perhaps for a different viewer, her work may strike a note of gleeful mischief. Making free with existing artworks, taking the toys from the boys, Levine creates space for herself and opens up possibilities.

This exhibition, a collaboration between Levine and the Dutch artist Joost van Oss (who has exhibited

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