Untitled (President: 4)

Artist: Sherrie Levine (American, born 1947)

Date: 1979

Medium: Collage on paper

Dimensions: 60.9 x 45.7 cm (24 x 18 in.)

Classification: Collages

Credit Line: Mary Martin Fund, 1990

Accession Number: 1990.1057


This work belongs to Levine's Presidents series-silhouettes 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.