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Artist José Dávila's show at Sean Kelly Gallery in New York explores the idea of altering famous works of art, stripping away at what makes a piece recognizable. Entitled Jose Davila: Stones Don't Move, the exhibition which opens on October 28, focuses on Roy Liechtenstein's notable 1963 work, Femme d'Alger. Utilizing cutout methods, Davila strips Femme d'Alger down to its bare bones, leaving only linear forms, completely revitalizing the piece. 

It seems however that Davila is only following the trend of remixing this work of art. Liechtenstein's Femme d'Alger is simply a recreation of an earlier Picasso work of the same name. Even Picasso's piece from 1955 is a rework of Eugene Delacroix's 1834 masterpiece, the original Femme d'Alger. 

Spanning early 200 years, Femme d'Alger has been imitated, recreated, and emulated in varying styles and techniques. We're glad to see Jose Davila's remixed take on this iconic picture. 

October 26, 2016 by Matt Scheffler