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“Notes on Renewed Appropriationisms”

The Project

Using references when the premise is to eliminate them, is like filling a slot instead of creating new channels

Formulating an external structure of support is to lose a great deal of strength

—Sturtevant, 1978

Fact: I once sat on a panel with Michael Lobel and Sturtevant where Sherrie Levine, Thomas Crow, T. J. Clark, and other pooh-bahs were in attendance. When Sturtevant asked Levine about the word, there was no consensus over for whom, where, or when “appropriationist” was let loose; and neither woman had much truck with the word in relation to her work.

Lauri Firstenberg based her exhibit and its press release on her article of the same name in Parkett 67 (2003). Despite her show’s title and her article’s invocation of Douglas Crimp and his 1977 show “Pictures,” it’s not uninteresting to note that Crimp never used any noun or verb form of the word “appropriate” in versions of his show’s

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