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NEW YORK—The Paula Cooper Gallery is pleased to present a new exhibition by Sherrie Levine, entitled Men, Women and Dogs. The exhibition will open on March 25, 2006 and will remain on view through April 29, 2006. This is the artist’s fifth one-person show at the gallery since 1999.

The exhibition will present new bronze sculpture cast from found objects, as well as several series of recent works on paper. The sculpture includes phrenology heads (named after the scientific theory popular in the 19th century which stated that a person’s character could be read by measuring the shape of his skull); a sculptural pair consisting of an iron (resembling Man Ray’s Cadeau, 1921) and a hunting dog with a goose in its mouth; a human jawbone; and Man, a hybrid form of a tree trunk and a man’s coat.

Men, Women and Dogs is the title of an anthology of cartoons by humorist James Thurber. The book was published in 1943 with a preface by Dorothy Parker and contains a large selection of Thurber’s acerbic and zany cartoons published in the New Yorker in the ‘30s.

In a review of Men, Women and Dogs, Clement Greenberg wrote: “The convulsive passes Thurber’s creatures make at one another, their bursts of violence, exhibitionism and irrelevance, express the profoundest dissatisfaction with contemporary experience and, by inference, with society.”

Sherrie Levine was born in Hazelton, Pennsylvania, grew up in St. Louis and moved to New York in 1975. She has had one-person exhibitions at the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C., 1988; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, 1988; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, 1991; the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, 1992; and Portikus, Frankfurt, 1994, among many others. In 2005, She was one of the four artists included in Quartet, the opening exhibition of the new Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Levine has upcoming shows at the Chicago Arts Club (in September 2006) and the Georgia O’ Keefe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico (in January 2007). Since 1997, Levine divides her time between New York City and Santa Fe.

For more information, please contact the gallery: (212) 255-1105 or
info@paulacoopergallery.com