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Sturtevant, Sex Dolls, 2012, seventeen plastic sex dolls, dimensions variable.

Sturtevant

Serpentine Galleries

Sturtevant, Sex Dolls, 2012, seventeen plastic sex dolls, dimensions variable.

For her exhibition “Leaps Jumps and Bumps,” Paris-based artist Sturtevant effectively turned the Serpentine Gallery into a conceptual obstacle course, one in which spectators could easily jump to conclusions about what they saw, only to bump into conflicting information that challenged facile thinking. This strategy was paradigmatically exemplified by the artist’s tactic of repeating works by her peers—here, Andy Warhol, Marcel Duchamp, and Felix Gonzalez-Torres. She has pursued this approach since the mid-1960s, and in the course of the past ten years it has been rediscovered to great critical acclaim. As ever, Sturtevant’s exhibition was scintillatingly staged. Through peepholes from outside, visitors could see a large-scale, looped video projection of a running dog, Finite Infinite, 2010, while on the other side of the building, the installation Sex Dolls, 2012, exposed

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