LES LEVINE: TRANSMEDIA 1964-1974
Sarah Robayo Sheridan, Sunny Kerr and Dennis Young
188 pp 82 ill (31 col/ 51 bw) 9 x 6.75 in softcover
$25.00 Can. $27.95 U.S.
For more than five decades, the work of Irish-American artist Les Levine has taken shape across a wide range of techniques, media and approaches. Born in Dublin, Levine immigrated to Toronto in 1957, where he enjoyed his first acclaim as an artist through solo exhibitions at the David Mirvish Gallery, Hart House, the Isaacs Gallery and the Art Gallery of Ontario. On his move to New York City in 1964, Levine’s practice quickly proliferated; he would go on to become one of the most exhibited artists of his generation. This beautifully composed monograph surveys the first prolific decade of this highly influential artist's work and brings together a selection of Levine’s key works from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s. Working across, beyond, and through media, Levine would become known for developing new approaches to artmaking, establishing new categories such as “camera art,” “disposable art,” “media sculpture,” “software art,” “body control systems,” and what he would term “Mott art.” Constantly expanding the parameters of what could be understood as art, Levine’s artworks addressed the conditions and experiences of a rapidly changing media landscape in ways that proved uniquely prescient of contemporary concerns and sensibilities. In English and French.
Les Levine was born in Ireland in 1935. He attended the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London England before immigrating to Toronto to study at the New School of Art. He then became a resident artist at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Levine lives and works in New York City.