Robert Demachy vs. Sherrie Levine

February 2, 2009 | Comments Off on Robert Demachy vs. Sherrie Levine

by Peter Zimmerman I came across this passage by Robert Demachy while reading for the modern/contemporary photography seminar Joan and I are auditing at VCU. It is from 1907, so while the difference in years may seem to bar any real connection to postmodernism, I found it interesting how similar one of his assertions was […]

Sherrie Levine: So What?

January 24, 2009 | Comments Off on Sherrie Levine: So What?

by Peter Zimmerman “This in turn suggests that art practices predicated on the production of signature styles rather than constantly modified interventions may be especially vulnerable to neutralization of their purported critique. The history of postmodernist photography overall would appear to confirm this analysis. As various theorists have argued, a position of resistance can never […]

-Peter Zimmerman So much time is spent discussing the role of photography in Sherrie Levine’s early work from the later 1970s/early 1980s; however, her movement into sculpture raises much of the same questions, but pushes the arguments even further. In photographic works like the “After Walk Evans” series or the President/Fashion portraits, Levine simultaneously presents […]

Body Language: The Presence and Absence of Cindy Sherman and Sherrie Levine, 1975-1987 Perhaps one of the most overlooked series in Cindy Sherman’s oeuvre is a photographic travelogue throughout her childhood, adolescence and early adulthood. Titled “A Cindy Book (c.1964-1975),” the collection brings together pictures from vacations, school activities (prom, sporting events, class photos, etc.), […]