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Nicole Eisenman. What Happened




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Nicole Eisenman. What Happened

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Cy Twombly at Museum Brandhorst


Warhol Black Marilyn

  • Year2004
  • MaterialSynthetic resin paint and silkscreen ink on canvas
  • Dimensions35.5 x 40.5 cm
  • Year of acquisition2016
  • Inventory numberUAB 1057
  • On viewGround floor
  • Copyright© The estate of Sturtevant

More about the artwork

Sturtevant was known for repeating the works of other artists. In this way, she turned the visual logic of Pop Art—to reproduce or multiply already existing motifs—back on itself. As early as 1964, she chose works by Andy Warhol for repetition: first his “Flowers” series, and as of 1965 his “Marilyn” depictions. But Sturtevant was not interested in mere, true-to-detail repetition. She objected to the accusation that her works were simple copies and thus upset conventional notions of originality and authorship, for what then distinguishes her works from their predecessors? An answer lies in the “Warhol Black Marilyn” (2004) shown here, to which there is no direct precursor in Warhol’s oeuvre. Sturtevant increased the drastic effect of the original motif. The contour of her lipstick is smeared, her smile turns into a grimace. What was already implicit in Warhol—he began his series in 1962 shortly after Monroe’s death—becomes evident in Sturtevant: the actress is turned into a symbol of transience and mortality.

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Werkabbildung Cy Twombly, Bacchanalia - Winter (5 Days in January), 1977 im Museum Brandhorst in München Teil der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Bacchanalia – Winter (5 Days in January), 1977 Upper floor
Skultpur der Künstlers Cy Twombly aus weißen gips in rechteckiger Form mit farbigen Blumeartigen Elementen
Cy Twombly Untitled (Lexington), 2001 Upper floor
Bruche Nauman, Beating With a Basebal Bet, 2010'Forever Young' - 10 Jahre Museum Brandhorst
Bruce Nauman Beating With a Baseball Bat, 1986 Ground floor
Werk bestehend aus einem schwarzen und einem gelben Quadrat mit Stecknadeln und mit jeweiliger zentraler Aufschrift 'Black is Beautiful'
Pope.L Black is Beautiful (Starry Nite), 2002 Ground floor
Cy Twombly , Lepanto VII, 2001, UAB 475aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Lepanto VII, 2001 Upper floor