Sherrie Levine was born in 1947 at Hazelton, Pennsylvania. She lives and works between New York and Santa Fe. After training at the University of Wisconsin, Levine began to attract critical attention in the early 1980s when, along with artists like Cindy Sherman, Robert Longo and David Salle, she distinguished herself as one of the pioneers of Appropriation art. Appropriating photos, modernist sculptures and famous paintings, Levine sparked a debate - with irreverent irony - about the basic principles of art history: authenticity, artistic originality and the autonomy of the artistic object. In her famous photographic series, After Walker Evans, begun in 1981, she reproduced some of the most famous images by this famous American photographer. In the following years she appropriated works by Piet Mondrian and El Lissitzky, questioning the role of her male predecessors from a female perspecive. The conceptual focus of Levine’s work lies in highlighting the value of appropriating images. On her website, her photographs, accompanied by a certificate of authenticity, can be downloaded in high resolution, underscoring her belief that there is no difference between the work and its reproduction, but rather, that a replica has the same dignity as the original.
The most recent exhibitions dedicated to her work include those at Simon Lee Gallery, London (2015), Jablonka Galerie, Cologne (2015) and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (2014). Her work Crystal Skull was shown at Punta della Dogana in the exhibition “Prima Materia” (2013-15).