Appropriation Modern Masters.Sherrie Levine Sherrie Levine (born April 17, 1947 in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, United States) is a photographer and conceptual artist. Much of her work is in the form of very direct image appropriation. (American, b. 1947) After Joan Miro, 1985, Watercolor on paper, 14 x 11" (28 x 35.5 cm) Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles This article is about Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. For other Museums named Museum of Contemporary Art, see Museum of Contemporary Art.
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Sherrie Levine felt frustrated frus·trate
tr.v. frus·trat·ed, frus·trat·ing, frus·trates
a. To prevent from accomplishing a purpose or fulfilling a desire; thwart: by the influence other artists exerted on her work. She questioned whether any art is truly original. To provoke discussion on the issue of originality and whether it is important for an artist to spend an entire career developing a signature style, Levine appropriated modern masterpieces. She chose to copy the art of deceased, white male painters, photographers, and sculptors. Furthermore, she exhibited these appropriations as her own. After Joan Miro is a traced reproduction of a well-known drawing by the Spanish modern master. Levine added color washes Noun 1. color wash - a wash of whitewash or other water-base paint tinted with a colored pigment
wash - a thin coat of water-base paint to her traced work. When viewing the works in reproduction, one cannot tell the difference between the Miro and the Levine.
What makes a work of art original? Is originality important to the definition of art? Why might Sherrie Levine have chosen to appropriateonly the art of deceased, white male artist? One angry critic labeled Levine a "parasite"; what might have made him so angry about Levine's artwork?
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