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Gian Enzo Sperone in collaboration with Moretti Fine Art present

Sherrie Levine

Dates: 13th to 31st October 2008
Private Viewing: Tuesday 14th October 2008, 6 – 8pm
Opening times: Monday to Friday 10am – 6pm
Gallery: Moretti Fine Art Ltd, 43-44 New Bond Street (5th floor), London W1S 2SA, tel. +44 (0) 2074910533 
fax +44 (0) 2074910553

SHERRIE LEVINE (Hazelton, 1947), American photographer and conceptual artist, first gained critical attention for her work in the early 1980s when she was associated with artists such as Cindy Sherman, Robert Longo e David Salle, known as “Appropriationists” for their reuse and reworking of the media reality and contemporary popular culture.
Levine’s works are seen as a comment on the death of Modernism and its ideals, on the authenticity and autonomy of the artistic object and its status as everyday object. Through the photographic and three-dimensional reproduction of other artists’ works, Sherrie Levine clearly expresses her interest in furthering the post-structuralist debate about artistic heritage, but her theoretical rigour was complemented by a delicate, timid, if not remote, handling of materials, adding a sensuous dimension to an otherwise academic pursuit.

The works in bronze presented here, first exhibited at the Mary Boone Gallery in New York in 1989, are part of a single installation entitled The Bachelors, and are a personal representation of one of the most complex and fascinating works in the entire history of Western art: The Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors (also known as The Large Glass) by Marcel Duchamp.
In glass cases with a clinical appearance, Levine has placed three-dimensional adaptations of six of Duchamp’s nine malic moulds (representations of the various identities of the bachelor), symbolically freeing them from the glass which constrained them as part of a bizarre, visionary, amorous mechanism, but making them at the same time vulnerable.
The idea of isolating each “bachelor” from his companions, from the bride and from all his paraphernalia is precisely the aspect that Sherrie Levine adds to the French master’s work, and the installation thus becomes a model of loss and absence, a representation of desire which also plays with the fetishistic vision of the artistic object.

Artist’s Biography
Sherrie Levine was born in Hazelton, Pennsylvania, in 1947. She studied at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, receiving her Bachelor of Arts in 1969 and her Master of Fine Arts in 1973. Apart from the famous exhibition “After Edward Weston” (1980, Metro Pictures Gallery), in which she presented reproductions of Walker Evans’ photographs, there have been personal exhibitions at 3 Mercer Street (New York, 1977), The Kitchen (New York, 1979), Donald Young Gallery (Chicago, 1987), Hirshhorn Museum (Washington D.C., 1988), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, 1991), Kunsthalle Zürich (Zürich, 1991), Philadelphia Museum of Art (1993), Marian Goodman Gallery (New York, 1994), MAMCO (Geneva, 1997), Margo Leavin Gallery (Los Angeles, 1999) and Hamburger Kunstverein (Hamburg, 1999), The Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles, 2001), and the Paula Cooper Gallery (New York, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008).
Sherrie Levine has also taken part in important group exhibitions such as “Documenta 7” (Kassel, 1982), “Difference: On Sexuality and Representation” (The New Museum, New York, 1984), “Hirshhorn Tenth Anniversary Show” (Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C.,1984), “The Whitney Biennial” (Whitney Museum of American Art , New, York, 1985, 1989, 2008), “Allegories of Modernism: Contemporary Drawing” (Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1992), “100 Years of Sculpture, From the Pedestal to the Pixel” (Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 1998), “XXIV Bienal de Sao Paulo,” (San Paolo, 1998), “The Fifth International Biennial Exhibition, Disparities and Deformations: Our Grotesque” (Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2004), “Fit to Print: Printed Media in Recent Collage” (Gagosian Gallery, New York, 2007).

The Galleria Gian Enzo Sperone opened its first gallery in Turin in 1964 and throughout the 60s was the main Italian exhibitor of the international artistic panorama. It was among the first to exhibit artists of American Pop Art and to appreciate the European and American exponents of Arte Povera and Minimal Art. In 1972, it expanded its activities, opening galleries in Rome and New York which continue to be important centres today. Then in the 80s, it became the main promoter of the Trans-Avant-Garde in the United States. The artists brought into the limelight during its activities include: Giovanni Anselmo, Alighiero Boetti, Mike Kelley, Joseph Kosuth, Jannis Kounellis, Roy Lichtenstein, Bruce Nauman, Robert Rauschenberg, Julian Schnabel, Andy Warhol and Gilberto Zorio.

The Galleria Moretti opened in 1999 in Florence and immediately distinguished itself for specializing in Late Italian painting, in particular Tuscan gold ground painting up to the 17th century. With spaces in London and New York, the gallery is present at the most prestigious art and antique fairs in Europe and the United States. However, incursions into the world of contemporary and modern art are nothing new: in October 2007, the gallery in London hosted the first British monographic exhibition by the photographer Luigi Ghirri, while in June 2008, the young Italian artist Nicola Villa was presented in an exhibition entitled “Walking in the City”; in the same month, the Florence gallery opened the exhibition “La scultura incontra la realtà” by the American sculptress Carole Feuerman.

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