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Sarah Sharp Curates NY Armory Week Exhibition
Original Copy at SPRING/BREAK Art Show 2016
Tuesday, March 1st, 2016 //

Press Release: Original Copy

Professor Sara Sharp and Parsley Steinweiss have curated a new show, Original Copy, at SPRING/BREAK Art Show 2016.

Location: Skylight at Moynihan Station (Main Post Office Entrance)
421 8th Ave, NY, NY | RM 4023
Dates: March 1st - 7th, 2016
VIP Vernissage: Tue, March 1st, 5 - 9 PM
Hours: Wed - Sun, March 2nd - 6th: 12 - 8pm
Mon. March 7th: 12 - 6pm

Original Copy

Reproduction has always been part of the training and production of artists. It is part of how we learn to see and make. However, in an era where a sense of realness is a mutable, flexible idea and simulacra, or the reference to a thing, can now stand in quite happily for the thing itself, the meaning, use and purpose of the original has shifted. Walter Benjamin described the beginning of this shift in relation to the new art forms of early last century in his essay Art in Age of Mechanical Reproduction: The presence of the original is the prerequisite to the concept of authenticity... From a photographic negative, for example, one can make any number of prints; to ask for the authentic print makes no sense.