Despite my best efforts to see exhibitions during my pre-parenthood years, the art of Elaine Sturtevant never appeared on my radar. A visit to the Museum of Modern Art with my brother Bob yesterday introduced me to the work of this intriguing artist with the benefit of seeing a comprehensive survey of her career. I studied conceptual art early on at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design where my instructors encouraged me to pursue my ideas and not worry about fabrication. As Sturtevant's work seems to focus on the meaning of authorship it was thought provoking to wander through the galleries and drink it all in. I left with my mind churning in contemplation of her intent to disrupt our assumptions and beliefs. Always a good thing.
("An artist copies....A great artist steals"...Pablo Picasso)