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Leaps, Jumps, & Bumps Exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery

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Going where other artists have gone before
leaps, jumps, and bumps, serpentine gallery, Sturtevant
By Sturtevant

They say imitation is the highest form of flattery, but at the same time, it is often met with heavy criticism. Not only can it be considered unimaginative and unoriginal, but far more seriously, when it used done to make profit, copying someone else's work is a breach of copyright.

On the other hand, if artists were not inspired by other artists, then we would not have great play or film adaptations, we would not have collectible toys or games, and I don't think the originals would garner such nostalgic admiration.

Imitation is certainly a controversial issue, and up until the 26th August, the Serpentine Gallery will be looking at one such controversial imitation artist in an exhibition called Leaps, Jumps, And Bumps

Ohio born artist, Elaine Sturtevant, began her career in the mid 1960s, and immediately garnered hostile attention. Just months after Andy Warhol made Flowers (1964), Sturtevant replicated it for her debut exhibition in New York. She is also well know for reproducing work of other famous artists such as Joseph Beuys, Marcel Duchamp and Felix Gonzalez.

The replicas are not exact copies, but rather things she has made entirely out of memory. Because our memories are not always reliable, this means that her work has subtle variations to the original: the colour scheme may be off, particular details might be missing. It is an incomplete or imperfect reproduction.

The exhibition looks at Sturtevant's work from the 1970s onwards, and includes a large-scale video work, light bulb installation, and pop art.

On the 11th August, there will be a creative Drawing Factory family day. Drop-in between 12pm-5pm for free machine and art making activities.
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: Until 26th Aug
Phone: 020 7402 6075
Where: Serpentine Gallery
Cost: Free
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