Sturtevant has devoted her attention to the concept of the “original as a ready-made,” recreating the production process of important artworks. Here it is Frank Stella's Arundel Castle(1959), a work that belongs to his series of “black paintings” wherein he did away with the representation of illusionistic pictorial space by means of the application of black paint interrupted by fine lines through which the untreated canvas shows. By duplicating the creation of the work, the artist holds up a mirror to the creative process, reflecting its uniqueness. Sturtevant reformulated their paradigms without adding anything to them because the originals stand for themselves in their own quality. Her duplications are not copies, but reproduce instead a comprehension of the conditions that make up the characteristics of the original work. They serve as a confrontation of the original with itself and its accompanying theories.


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