Under The Sign Of [ <i>sic</i>]: Sturtevant's Volte-face by Bruce HainleyUnder The Sign Of [ <i>sic</i>]: Sturtevant's Volte-face by Bruce Hainley

Under The Sign Of [ <i>sic</i>]: Sturtevant's Volte-face

byBruce Hainley

Hardcover | January 17, 2014

Pricing and Purchase Info

$32.85 online 
$45.50 list price
Earn 164 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store

Out of stock online

Not available in stores


The first book-length monograph on Elaine Sturtevant, who has focused her career on the artistic copy.

Asked to sum up her artistic pursuit, the American artist Elaine Sturtevant once replied: "I create vertigo." Since the mid-1960s, Sturtevant has been using repetition to change the way art is understood. In 1965, what seemed to be a group show by then "hot" artists (Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, George Segal, and James Rosenquist, among others) was in fact Sturtevant's first solo exhibit, every work in it created by herself.

Sturtevant would continue to make her work the work of others. The subject of major museum exhibitions throughout Europe and awarded the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement at the 54th Venice Biennale, she will have a major survey at the MoMA, New York, in 2014.

In Under the Sign of [sic], Bruce Hainley unpacks the work of Sturtevant, providing the first book-length monographic study of the artist in English. Hainley draws on elusive archival materials to tackle not only Sturtevant's work but also the essential problem that it poses. Hainley examines all of Sturtevant's projects in a single year (1967); uses her Gonzalez-Torres Untitled (Go-Go Dancing Platform) from 1995 as a conceptual wedge to consider contemporary art's place in the world; and, finally, digs into the most occluded part of her career, from 1971 to 1973, when she created works by Michael Heizer and Walter de Maria, and had her first solo American museum exhibit.

Bruce Hainley lives and works in Los Angeles. A contributing editor at Artforum, he is the author of two books of poetry, one of which, Foul Mouth, was a finalist in the National Poetry Series. With John Waters, he wrote Art -- A Sex Book. He teaches in the MFA programs of Art Center College of Design and the Roski School of Fine Ar...
Title:Under The Sign Of [ <i>sic</i>]: Sturtevant's Volte-faceFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:344 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.98 inShipping dimensions:9 × 7 × 0.98 inPublished:January 17, 2014Publisher:Semiotext(e)Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1584351225

ISBN - 13:9781584351221


Editorial Reviews

Complementing the frisson of the artist's legacy is Bruce Hainley's brilliant and timely Under the Sign of [Sic] (2014), a jaw-dropping study of Sturtevant's practice in which no exegetical expense is spared.