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Fountain II (Buddha)

Fountain II (Buddha)


Sherrie Levine

American, born 1947

In this new piece Levine works with marcel Duchamp's infamous 1917 sculpture Fountain. Duchamp purchased a J. L. Mott Iron Works porcelain urinal at a hardware store, set it on its back, and signed it "R. Mutt." When the New York Society of Independent Artists refused to exhibit the piece, Alfred Stieglitz photographed it for his avant-garde art magazine, The Blind Mab. Louise Norton wrote an accompanying essay, praising Fountain's "pleasant" formal qualities and comparing its "chaste simplicity" to the lines of "a lovely Buddha." Duchamp introduced the idea of the "ready-made": a mass-produced found object that he chose to display as his own art. Building on Duchamp's ironic challenge to the notion of artistic originality, Levine uses Duchamp's art as HER "ready-made." She produced her version in highly polished cast bronze, creating a sensuous objet with aesthitic affinities to Brancusi. Duchamp's original Fountain is lost, but it lives on in the various replicas he made during his life.
19 x 16 x 14 in. (48.26 x 40.64 x 35.56 cm)
69 lb 15.9 oz (31.75 kg)
Seattle Artfair and Margaret E. Fuller Purchase Fund
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Wash., Seattle Art Museum, Elles: SAM-Singular Works by Seminal Women Artists, Oct. 06, 2012-Feb. 17, 2013.

Seattle, Wash., Seattle Art Museum, "Anne Gerber Biennial: 2000 1/2: going forward looking back", May 8, 2000 - August 4, 2000

Northampton, Massachusetts, Smith College Museum of Art, "Undomesticated Interiors", October 17, 2003 - January 18, 2004

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "Five Installations on the Fourth Floor: Varieties of Sculpture"

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