Appropriation in Art

Sherrie Levine

Sherrie Levine’s Sons and Lovers is from a suite of thirty-six drawings featuring pairs of silhouetted busts appropriated from coins and wig advertisements. Presented in a variety of scales and configurations, the repetition of these banal images creates tension through implied relationships and narratives.

Works from the Sons and Lovers series were exhibited in Douglas Crimp's iconoclastic exhibition Pictures at Artist Space, New York in 1977. The title of the exhibition became enshrined in the term Pictures Generation which described a body of works produced in the 1970s and 1980s by artists such as Levine, Cindy Sherman, Robert Longo, Richard Prince, etc.