Exhibition

New Work

Sherrie Levine

January 17–March 10, 1991

Since the early 1980s, when she photographed reproductions of photographs by Edward Weston and Walker Evans, Sherrie Levine has become known for her use of appropriation. New Work: Sherrie Levine features three pieces from Melt Down, a series based on the average tones of the pigments in paintings by European masters such as Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Piet Mondrian, and Claude Monet. Her distantly related compositions pay homage to these artists while asserting her own power to manipulate their work. Levine also reinvents Man Ray’s painting La Fortune (1938), multiplying the central image and bringing it to life as a three-dimensional installation whose synced repetition echoes that of minimalist sculpture.

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New Work: Sherrie Levine is generously supported by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s Collectors Forum.

  • One brown and one black canvas hanging in  a gallery with the words "New Work: Sherrie Levine" on the wall

    New Work: Sherrie Levine (installation view, SFMOMA), 1991

  • One black one brown and one great canvas hanging in a gallery

    New Work: Sherrie Levine (installation view, SFMOMA), 1991

  • Five billiards tables standing in a row with two white balls and one red ball placed in the same position on each

    New Work: Sherrie Levine (installation view, SFMOMA), 1991

  • five billiards tables standing in a row with two white balls and one red ball placed in the same position on each

    New Work: Sherrie Levine (installation view, SFMOMA), 1991