Sherrie Levine (American, b. April 17, 1947) is known for her talents as a photographer and an appropriation artist. She was born in Hazleton, PA, and received her BA from the University of Wisconsin in 1969. She went on to receive her MFA in 1973. The artist then moved to Berkley, CA, for two years before relocating to New York, NY.

Levine began to work with a very direct type of re-photography during the late 1970s, which ultimately led her to produce her best work ever, the 1980 solo exhibition After Walker Evans. This exhibition was displayed at the Metro Pictures Gallery in New York, NY, which was founded the same year. The exhibition was made up of the already well-known and respected photographs of Walker Evans as re-photographed by Levine. Her method was to re-photograph the images out of an Evans exhibition catalog. This work was then presented as Levine's artwork. The Estate of Walker Evans saw this as a copyright infringement despite its classification as "appropriation art" and went on to acquire Levine's works and subsequently prohibit their sale. This did not stop Levine from continuing her work.

She has also re-photographed printed images of Van Gogh's (Dutch, 1853–1890) paintings and watercolor paintings based on the work of Fernand Léger (French, 1881–1955). Some of Levine’s non-photography work includes plywood pieces with brightly painted knotholes, followed by other Minimalist works, such as striped and checkered paintings. These gradually turned into game boards for chess, checkers, and backgammon. She also created a bronze urinal sculpture titled Fountain (1991), which was inspired by Marcel Duchamp's (French, 1887–1968) 1917 piece by the same name.

Levine has used watercolors, ink, and photolithography, as well as computer technology to create her art, and although her work generally involves the work of other artists, she is highly regarded for her own merit. Her most recent exhibition was mounted at the Whitney Museum of Art in 2011. Sherrie Levine: Mayhem consists of Levine's best known re-photographed images as well as her 2010 Crystal Skull series. She currently resides in New York, NY, and is still actively involved in creating appropriation art.

Timeline

1947
Born in Hazelton, Pennsylvania
1965–1973
University of Wisconsin, Madison (B.F.A 1969; M.F.A 1973)
Lives and works in New York, NY, US

Exhibitions

2013
Midnight Party - Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
En suspension - FRAC - Pays de la Loire, Carquefou
Beg, Borrow and Steal - Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA
2012
Color, Carolina Nitsch Project Room, New York, NY
Sherrie Levine - Simon Lee Gallery, London (England)
Sherrie Levine - Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City, NY
2011
After Images, curated by Catherine Bastide, Musee Juif de Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
Sherrie Levine Selected Works - Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX
Sherrie Levine: Mayhem - Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY
Sherrie Levine - The Desert - Le Consortium, Dijon
The Desert - Simon Lee Gallery, London (England)
2010
The Visible Vagina, Francis M. Naumann Fine Art and David Nolan Gallery, New York, NY
Sherrie Levine: Pairs and Posses - Museen Haus Lange / Haus Esters, Krefeld
Sherrie Levine - Mary Boone Gallery - 745 Fifth Avenue, New York City, NY
2009
Focus: Sherrie Levine, SFMoMA, San Francisco, CA, USA (solo)
Sherrie Levine - Simon Lee Gallery, London (England)
2008
Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art, Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK
Sherrie Levine - Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels
SHERRIE LEVINE - Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City, NY
2007
Take 2: Women Revisiting Art History, curated by Janet Bishop, Mills College of Art Museum, Oakland, CA
Sherrie Levine - Nyehaus, New York City, NY
Sherrie Levine - Nature Morte - James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
Sherrie Levine - Simon Lee Gallery, London (England)
sherrie levine: new work - Jablonka Galerie - Köln, Cologne
Sherrie Levine - Jablonka Galerie - Berlin, Berlin
Sherrie Levine - Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City, NY
Living Artists of Distinction: Sherrie Levine, Abstraction - Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, NM
2006
Sherrie Levine, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, US (solo)
Sherrie Levine: Abstraction - Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Sherrie Levine - Men Women and Dogs - Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City, NY
Sherrie Levine - Men. Women. Dogs - Jablonka Galerie - Köln, Cologne
2005
Logical Conclusions: 40 Years of Rule-based Art, PaceWildenstein, New York, NY
2004
Loulou, Faggionato Fine Arts, London, England (solo)
Sherrie Levine - Jablonka Galerie - Köln, Cologne
Sherrie Levine - Mourning Mirrors - Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City, NY
Sherrie Levine - Jablonka Galerie - Köln, Cologne
Sherrie Levine - Faggionato Fine Arts, London (England)
2003
Skulls, Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany
Sherrie Levine - Jablonka Galerie - Köln, Cologne
Sherrie Levine - Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City, NY
Sherry Levine - early paintings - Skarstedt Fine Art, New York City, NY
2002
But is it Real?, Williams College Musuem of Art, Williamstown
Sherrie Levine - Mamco - musée d´art moderne et contemporain, Geneva
2001
The Wexner Centre for the Arts, The Ohio State University, Colombus, OH
Sherrie Levine: CeÇi n’est pas une pipe - Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2000
Sherrie Levine: Monochromes, Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany
One Thing After Another, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1999
Sherrie Levine: Bilder, Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany
Sherrie Levine + Joss van Oss: Skulptur, Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany
1997
Sherrie Levine: Gerrit Rietveld/Sherrie Levine, Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany
1996
Sherrie Levine: Cathedrals & Hobbyhorses, Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany
1993
Sherrie Levine: New Work, Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany

Public Collections

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, US
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, US
Princeton University, Princeton, US
St Louis Art Museum, St Louis, US
Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany
San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, US
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, US
olomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York, US
Swiss Re, New York, US
Tate Gallery, London, UK
Whitney Museum of Art, New York, US
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, US
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, US
Menil Collection, Houston, US
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, US
Milwaukee Art Center, Milwaukee, US
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, US
Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston, US
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, US
Museum of Modern Art, New York, US
The New Museum, New York, US
Ellipse Foundation, Contemporary Art Collection, Lisbon, Portugal
Fundacion La Caixa, Barcelona, Spain
Musee d‘Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, US
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, US
Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, US
Broad Foundation, Los Angeles, US
Capital Group Companies, Los Angeles, US
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, US
Herbert FJohnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, US
Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, Denmark
Fond National d‘art contemporain, Paris, France
Fond Regional d‘art contemporain des Pays de la Loire, Nantes, France
Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany
Westfalisches Landesmuseum, Munster, Germany
Kunstsammlung NRW, Dusseldorf, Germany
Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan
Seibu Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Fundacion Eugenio Lopez, Mexico City, Mexico