Sherrie Levine (American, born 1947)
Collage on paper
24 x 18 in. (60.9 x 45.7 cm)
Mary Martin Fund, 1990 (1990.1057)
© Sherrie Levine
This work belongs to Levine's Presidents seriessilhouettes of Washington, Lincoln, and Kennedy cut from magazine pages showing mothers with children, fashion models, and other stock images of women. The specter of commodification and exchange value, signified in the penny profile of Lincoln, lurks around the edges of the model's image, revealing the mechanisms of seduction and desire hidden beneath the advertisement's effects. Her treatment allows the advertisement to incriminate itself, a cool subversion of media imagery that characterizes much artistic production in the 1980s.