Eric Doeringer at Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects
by Michael Dault
The Globe and Mail
August 26, 2006
New York-based artist Eric Doeringer specializes in making "bootleg" copies of works of contemporary art by more important artists. In fact, Doeringer steals from the best: Gerhardt Richter, Julian Schnabel, On Kawara, Damien Hirst, Peter Halley, Chuck Close, Christopher Wool, Julian Opie and other heavyweights.
Of course Doeringer's copies or recreations or simulations or appropriations (pick your term) of the works of other artists aren't as big as the originals are (they're usually about the size of an art book page), nor are they made the same way, nor are they as finely worked. But then what do you expect for these prices?
Doeringer says that so far, he's ripped off -- sorry, created copies -- of more than 70 artists. He says that while he has exhibited his strangely charming copies in museums and art galleries (as he is doing now), he usually sells them on the street in New York's Chelsea gallery district (where the work of most of his models can be found) or outside of art world events such as the Whitney Biennial, etc. "Like the vendors of bootleg CDs and handbags," Doeringer writes in his gallery statement, "I sell my pieces at a fraction of the prices charged by 'legitimate' galleries (although with some sacrifice in quality)."
Doeringer isn't the first artist to feed from high-profile precursors (one thinks of Sherrie Levine, one thinks of . . . well, of Picasso). But he's certainly the cheekiest -- and one of the most amusing.