Sherrie Levine - Contemporary Art Part I New York Thursday, May 17, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Baskerville & Watson, New York; Paul Morris Gallery, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lot, Check #6, perfectly represents Sherrie Levine's concept of appropriation as a means to embed new meaning to a time-tested representation. Influenced by the idea of the game (a theme developed by the Surrealists), this series of checkered paintings develop her concept of reproduction. While taking work from someone else, you either create a new interpretation or destroy the original significance. In many ways, Levine’s art is a refutation of the Expressionist style that surrounded her while growing up.

    “As with reproductions, we do not need to be familiar with the sources of Levine’s original to tell that their forms come from somewhere else; but we are also aware that in sensory terms they display an entirely personal approach that negates the implications of their alien originals, transposing derived material into a homogeneous, undifferentiated, material presence. In most cases, our knowledge does not extend to the source image itself, but only to a cultural pattern of some kind: an artist’s style, a group of works, these recollected patterns take on an abstracted, used quality. Levine’s works cannot possibly be confused with their source images: only with the reproduction clichés that we carry in our minds,” (E. Franz, “Presence Withdrawn”, Parkett Magazine, Issue 32, 1992, pp. 98-100).


Check #6

Casein and wax on mahogany.
24 1/8 x 20 in. (61.3 x 50.8 cm).
Signed, titled and dated “Sherrie Levine 1986 #6” on the reverse.

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $102,000

Contemporary Art Part I

17 May 2007
7pm New York