June 8, 2010

–Apparently, there was panic in the nineteenth century over the prevalence of wrist and pocket watches.

–In the 1930s and forties women who crunched numbers were called computers.

–Sherrie Levine appropriates as “ready-mades” not objects from outside an artistic context but those artifacts which are already canonized as important valuable artworks. In many of her works the original photographs, sculptures, or paintings she represents are by male artists who in turn “appropriated” subject matter which they regarded as “other” to themselves — women, poverty, the natural world, the exotic. Levine’s act of re-appropriation highlights the paternal authority invested in the original image while at the same time drawing attention to the dilemmas of an artist, in the post-conceptual era, attempting to establish a renewed relationship with past forms of representation.