Friday, July 16, 2004

Elaine Sturtevant, the most important of the conceptualists to retain objecthood as an aspect of their practice.  Sturtevant's works are visually indistinguishable from their (mainly Pop Art)  sources, eg., the Warhol Flowers she executed using Warhol's own screens.   Sturtevant's contemporaries have tended to be full-on in their praise until their own works come up for emulation and re-presentation.  I admire Sturtevant's work almost as much as I do Rodney Graham's and Jeff Wall's, but the intellectual basis for this admiration is surprisingly hard to pin down.  Other critics' attempts have devolved fairly quickly into love-ins with Sherrie Levine and Allan McCollum.  Forthcoming essay?  Stay tuned.     Posted by Hello

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