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b. 1947, USA

Sherrie Levine Biography

Sherrie Levine's work engages many of the core tenets of postmodern art, in particular challenging notions of originality, authenticity, and identity. Levine rose to prominence as a member of the Pictures Generation, a group of artists centred in New York in the late 1970s and 1980s whose work examined the structures of signification underlying mass-circulated images, and in many cases directly appropriated these images in order to imbue them with new, critically inflected meaning. Since then, Levine has created a singular and complex body of work in a variety of media (including photography, painting, and sculpture) that often explicitly reproduces artworks and motifs from the Western art historical canon.

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Born in 1947 in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, Levine studied at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where she received her M.F.A. in 1973. In 2015, the artist joined David Zwirner. Her inaugural solo exhibition at the gallery in New York was on view the following year. In 2017, Sherrie Levine: Pie Town was presented at the gallery in London.

In 2011, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York presented MAYHEM, a major exhibition of Levine’s work spanning three decades. The show included one of her most acclaimed series from 1981—a group of twenty-two photographs of reproductions of Walker Evans’s photographs from his Farm Security Administration-commissioned project to document the rural South during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Referencing the loss of uniqueness as a result of mechanical (and digital) reproduction, and ironically using a medium generally held responsible for diminishing the value of the artist’s hand, After Walker Evans: 1–22 emphasises a description of the pictures in contextual, rather than formal terms.

Levine’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at prominent institutions worldwide, recently at Neues Museum, State Museum for Art and Design in Nuremberg (2016); Portland Art Museum, Oregon (2013); Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld, Germany (2010); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2009 and 1991); and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico (2007). Other venues include Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany (1998); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Menil Collection, Houston (both 1995); Portikus, Frankfurt (1994); Philadelphia Museum of Art (1993); Kunsthalle Zürich (1991); High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC (both 1988); and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut (1987).

Major group exhibitions include Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980s, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC (2018); Ordinary Pictures, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota (2016); America Is Hard To See, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2015); Prima Materia, Punta della Dogana, François Pinault Foundation, Venice (2013); The Pictures Generation, 1974–1984, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2009); Whitney Biennial (2008, 1989, and 1985); SITE Santa Fe (2004); São Paulo Biennial (1998); Carnegie International (1988); documenta VII (1982); and Pictures, Artists Space, New York (1977).

Work by the artist is held in major international museum collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The National Museum of Art, Osaka; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Tate Gallery, London; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Levine lives and works in New York and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Text courtesy David Zwirner.

Sherrie Levine Featured Artworks

False God by Sherrie Levine contemporary artwork
Sherrie LevineFalse God, 2007Cast bronze
66 x 62.2 x 30.2 cm
Xavier Hufkens Contact Gallery
Little Dancer by Sherrie Levine contemporary artwork
Sherrie LevineLittle Dancer, 2017Cast bronze and hair
21 x 12.1 x 6.4 cm
Xavier Hufkens Contact Gallery

Sherrie Levine Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Lìxià at David Zwirner, Hong Kong
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5 May–5 June 2020 Group Exhibition Lìxià David ZwirnerHong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Sherrie Levine, After Reinhardt at David Zwirner, New York
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28 February–20 April 2019 Sherrie Levine After Reinhardt David Zwirner69th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Endless Enigma: Eight Centuries of Fantastic Art at David Zwirner, New York
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12 September–27 October 2018 Group Exhibition Endless Enigma: Eight Centuries of Fantastic Art David Zwirner20th Street, New York

Sherrie Levine Represented By

David Zwirner contemporary art gallery in 19th Street, New York, USA David Zwirner New York, London, Paris, Hong Kong
Xavier Hufkens contemporary art gallery in 6 rue St-Georges, Brussels, Belgium Xavier Hufkens Brussels

Sherrie Levine In Related Press

Where are they now? Tracking the Neo-geometric Conceptualists. Related Press Where are they now? Tracking the Neo-geometric Conceptualists. 4 April 2016, LEAP Magazine

We live in a state of the perpetual present. With the revolving door of exhibitions in more and more venues, commercial and scholarly alike, thousands of artists appear on a relatively flat plane of aesthetics. This is good for a lot of things—fair art criticism among them—but it tends to hurt our understanding, as viewers, of where the...

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12 things to do in New York's art world before February 26 Related Press 12 things to do in New York's art world before February 26 22 February 2016, Observer

There's so much to do in New York all the time. Here are 12 things to do to get a good dose of culture and art this week: Opening: Hew Locke: The Wine Dark Sea  at Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art An Anglo-Guyanese artist who’s well known for work dealing with issues of race and colonialism, Hew Locke makes his New York solo...

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Sherrie Levine At Simon Lee Gallery Related Press Sherrie Levine At Simon Lee Gallery 26 November 2014, Hong Kong Tatler / 20 November 2014

Since the late 1970s, Sherrie Levine has re-contextualised images and objects in an exploration that spans a range of mediums, including photography, painting and sculpture. Centering much of her practice on the appropriation and transformation of modern masterpieces, the show is an explicit examination of the primacy of authorship, originality...

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