Sherrie Levine (b.1947, Hazleton, Pennsylvania, USA) is a photographer, painter, and conceptual artist living and working in New York, New York and Sante Fe, New Mexico. Levine graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, receiving her BA in 1969 and her MFA in 1973.
Since the late 1970s, Levine has employed repetition, duplication, and seriality to explore notions of originality and authorship in art. She has consistently eschewed the modernist prioritization of authenticity and artistic genius in favour of reference and appropriation. “The world is filled to suffocating,” the artist has said. “Every word, every image, is leased and mortgaged. We know what a picture is but a space in which a variety of images, none of them original, blend and clash.” Levine gained recognition as a member of the Pictures Generation, a group of artists, including Cindy Sherman and Richard Prince, based in New York in the late 1970s and 1980s, they began using photography to examine the strategies and codes of representation.