Walker Art Center

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Opening-Day Artist Talk: Sturtevant

It’s been said that Sturtevant is the only artist who can’t be copied—but she is best known for making repetitions of works by artists such as Joseph Beuys, Marcel Duchamp, Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, and Jasper Johns. She began this practice in the 1960s—some 20 years before strategies of appropriation marked the American art world of the 1980s. “The brutal truth is they are not copies; the push and shove is interior movement; the dynamics are the jetting of representation,” says Sturtevant of her work. Her intentions are to “create space for new thinking, to trigger thinking.”

During this rare appearance, the artist will discuss the philosophical base of this radical and influential work and the discourse on “the imposition of our cybernetic world and the zip zap of our digital world with its dangerous potent power.” Sturtevant’s Beuys Fat Chair is prominently featured in The Quick and the Dead, an experimental exhibition that considers the romantic legacy of conceptual art through works by an international roster of 53 artists.