Sturtevant: Leaps Jumps and Bumps


Elaine Sturtevant is best known (only known?) for copying the work of other artists, notably including Andy Warhol and Marcel Duchamp. Examples of both can be found in this smallish exhbition at the Serpentine Gallery, where she has reproduced Warhol's Marilyns and Duchamp's shop windows. It's funny, but it's not that funny.

Sturtevant's video work is more successful. It features a montages of appropriated footage spread across several large screens. The decision to leave the watermarks from BBC Motion Gallery and iStockVideo emblazoned across the clips marks the work as both post-internet and as an attempt to provoke. The problem is that provocation isn't a terribly effective strategy for art which, generally speaking, has generally lost the capacity to shock. A case in point is the inflatable sex dolls that stare out of the gallery's windows.

Leaps, Jumps and Bumps is at the Serpentine Gallery until the August 26th, 2013

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