Thursday, 22 July 2010

Sherrie Levine + Le Corbusier

Salubra #2, 2009
Acrylic on mahogany
14 parts
Each panel: 69 x 61 cm
Courtesy of Jablonka Galerie, Berlin

These paintings were inspired by one of a series of colour sequences for painted wallpaper designed by the legendary modernist architect Le Corbusier, for the Swiss wallpaper company Salubra in 1931. Levine directly adopted Le Corbusier’s Salubra sequence number 2, as well as the pale blue background against which he set it. The original is in a display case nearby. Levine's panels were painted by a conservator. She sees no need for a direct connection between the artist and the work of art, and simply felt that the conservator would do a better job.

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