Elaine Sturtevant (1924-2014) lived and worked in New York and Paris.
Duchamp Triptych 1998 From the portfolio Sequences a, b: Two grano lithographs and c: Silkscreen, all on Rives rag paper. Each print 50 x 40 cm (19¾ x 15¾"), each signed and numbered. Edition of 60.
Since the mid-sixties Sturtevant has been investigating the conceptual strategy of recreating existing, well-known works of contemporary art, and thus can be considered a precursor of the appropriation art of the eighties. Short-circuiting the dualism implied by the question of original and imitation, each of her works sets up a confrontation with the content of art, freed of the obstructing patina of the original and freed from the predominance of the signature of the author. Causing art-as-phenomenon to appear in its very being - that seems to be the infinite significance of Sturtevant´s repetitions.