Sturtevant, Elastic Tango, 2010, © Photo: Pierre Antoine.

Sturtevant, on the Nature of the Derivation of Art and Its Showing

Sturtevant, Warhol Flowers, 1990, © Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris.

Sturtevant, © Photo: Loren Muzzey.


Moderna Museet
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Image over Image

March 17-August 26, 2012

Since her debut in New York in 1965, Sturtevant has notoriously insisted on the power of thought, performing investigations into the underlying structure of art.
Her legendary repetitions of works by other artists is a ground-breaking achievement in challenging concepts such as originality, authenticity and conventions surrounding authorship. Her first artistic statements are contemporary with, or indeed predate, the most famous essays and lectures on the subject by Barthes, Foucault and Deleuze.

In recent years, Sturtevant has expanded her practice to include mass-media images and her own filmed material. This has shed new light on her career and emphasises how her life-long artistic practice has continuously and effectively levelled harsh, rebellious and intelligent critique against a society that consists increasingly of simulacra and the experience industry. At the last Venice Biennial, Sturtevant was awarded the golden lion for her lifetime achievement in the arts.

The exhibition features 25 works, ranging from her repetitions of artists such as Warhol, Duchamp, Johns and Gonzalez-Torres, to three of her most recent large video installations.

Curator of the exhibition is Fredrik Liew.

Sturtevant, Beuys Fettstuhl, 1993, © Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main. Photo: Axel Schneider.

Sturtevant, Johns Flag, Warhol Marilyn and Gonzalez-Torres Untitled (America). Installation view Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main© Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main. Photo: Axel Schneider.