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Sherrie Levine, La Fortune (after Man Ray: 3) (1990)


Walker Art Center



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La Fortune (Luck) is a 1938 painting by Surrealist artist Man Ray that depicts a lawn-green billiard table jutting out into the sky. Sherrie Levine took the image and used it as the basis for a three-dimensional sculpture that captures the feminine curvature and masculine aura associated with the billiard table in Man Ray's painting. Her rendering is not exact--Man Ray's version was more elongated, befitting the dreamlike distortion of scale typical of his work. A direct challenge to notions of artistic originality and authorship, Levine's work aligns with a wider set of appropriation practices associated with a disparate group of artists that includes Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman, and Louise Lawler, who have since become known as the "Pictures Generation." While many of these artists concentrated on images of popular culture, Levine has generally drawn from works found within the canon of art history, principally by male artists associated with modernism and the early 20th-century avant-garde.
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Source: Walker Art Center. Extended label for Sherrie Levine, La Fortune (after Man Ray: 3), from the exhibition Event Horizon, November 21, 2009 to August 26, 2012.
Rights: Copyright 2009 Walker Art Center
Added to Site: November 25, 2009