Sherrie Levine
Pie Town

After Russell Lee: 1-60, 2016 (detail)


David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Sherrie Levine at the gallery’s 24 Grafton Street location in London. This will be the artist’s second solo presentation with the gallery.


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 centered 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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24 Grafton Street
London W1S 4EZ



After Russell Lee: 1-60, 2016 (detail)
Giclee print
60 parts 
Each, print: 20 x 16 inches 
(50.8 x 40.6 cm)
Edition of 5, 1AP

Sherrie Levine
After Russell Lee: 1-60 (detail), 2016
Sherrie Levine
After Russell Lee: 1-60 (detail), 2016

"Originality was always something I was thinking about, but there's also the idea of ownership and property . . . What does it mean to own something, and, stranger still, what does it mean to own an image?"—Sherrie Levine in conversation with Jeanne Siegel, 1985

Sherrie Levine
After Walker Evans: 4, 1981

Levine studied at the University of Wisconsin in the United States, where she received her M.F.A. in 1973. Some of Levine's earliest work was included in Pictures, an important exhibition curated by Douglas Crimp at Artists Space in New York in 1977. The exhibition came to define The Pictures Generation—a group of artists examining the ways in which images convey meaning.


Invitation for Pictures, Artists Space, 1977

"The Pictures Generation". . . was connected by an interest in examining power and identity in a media-saturated, politically uncertain age . . . It’s no accident that we are giving these artists a careful second look now."—Gary Indiana, The New York Times T Magazine

Sherrie Levine
La Fortune (After Man Ray): 1, 1990
Sherrie Levine
Black and White Bottles, 1992

"It might be justified to claim today that it is no longer important to attempt a classification of [Levine's] work as modern or postmodern—it suffices to say that it surely qualifies as an art of outstanding complexity and beauty, stimulating desire as well as philosophical thought."—Kay Heymer, Flash Art

Published to accompany the major solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum in 2011, this monograph includes 100 images of Levine’s work, from photographs and sculptures to drawings, paintings, and objects. With texts by the exhibition’s curators Johanna Burton and Elisabeth Sussman, writings by the artist, and essays by Thomas Crow, David Joselit, Maria H. Loh, Howard Singerman, and Carrie Springer. Published by the Whitney Museum of American Art