Studio Visit: Dean Levin

Wendy visited the studio of New York painter Dean Levin, who is about to have his first solo show with Marianne Boesky Gallery.  Dean comes to painting through architecture, which was his original field of study. He uses architectural syntax and strategies as his inspiration for tightly conceived, rigorous paintings that appear as Minimalist objects. Hallmarks of his style include computer- manipulated grids silkscreened onto mirror-finish steel panels, stained monochrome canvases that pivot into corners with a mirrored counterpart, and molded paintings made with poured plaster. The resulting works are hybrid objects that skirt the arena of design, and interact with intent on the spaces they inhabit.

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Dean Levin, and Wendy’s reflection in a work in progress

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Dean Levin and Adrian Turner (Marianne Boesky, Senior Director) 

Studio Visit: Dean Levin

Wendy visited the studio of New York painter Dean Levin, who is about to have his first solo show with Marianne Boesky Gallery.  Dean comes to painting through architecture, which was his original field of study. He uses architectural syntax and strategies as his inspiration for tightly conceived, rigorous paintings that appear as Minimalist objects. Hallmarks of his style include computer- manipulated grids silkscreened onto mirror-finish steel panels, stained monochrome canvases that pivot into corners with a mirrored counterpart, and molded paintings made with poured plaster. The resulting works are hybrid objects that skirt the arena of design, and interact with intent on the spaces they inhabit.

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Dean Levin, and Wendy’s reflection in a work in progress

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Dean Levin and Adrian Turner (Marianne Boesky, Senior Director) 

Artist Talk: Lisa Yuskavage

Wendy was recently invited to hear Lisa Yuskavage speak to the press at David Zwirner Gallery. Yuskavage is known for figurative paintings that depict highly sexualized women in sylvan settings. Her new paintings and works on paper, which are on view until June 13, 2015, show Yuskavage at the height of her game. Color and shadow are exquisitely nuanced, as are the figures, who for the first time, include men. Lisa describes her male figures as Hippies. They are lovingly inspired by people she knows, as well by internet sites such as Dudes Look Like Jesus. During her talk, she also nodded to Albrecht Durer’s self portrait, a 15th Century precursor to the images found online! Yuskavage’s women, both kittens and vixens, romp with her men. They seem to embody our fantasies and desires, but they also dominate, and challenge the viewer who lingers too long. No matter what her sources or intentions, Yuskavage clearly revels in these Wild Things, empowered creatures who are free from the conventions of every day life. 

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Wendy and Hanna Schouwink (David Zwirner, partner) discussing Lisa Yuskavage’s “Peekaboo,” 2015

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Wendy and Julia Joern (David Zwirner, partner) in front of Yuskavage’s “Hippies,” 2013

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Wendy speaking with Lisa Yuskavage after her talk

Artist Talk: Lisa Yuskavage

Wendy was recently invited to hear Lisa Yuskavage speak to the press at David Zwirner Gallery. Yuskavage is known for figurative paintings that depict highly sexualized women in sylvan settings. Her new paintings and works on paper, which are on view until June 13, 2015, show Yuskavage at the height of her game. Color and shadow are exquisitely nuanced, as are the figures, who for the first time, include men. Lisa describes her male figures as Hippies. They are lovingly inspired by people she knows, as well by internet sites such as Dudes Look Like Jesus. During her talk, she also nodded to Albrecht Durer’s self portrait, a 15th Century precursor to the images found online! Yuskavage’s women, both kittens and vixens, romp with her men. They seem to embody our fantasies and desires, but they also dominate, and challenge the viewer who lingers too long. No matter what her sources or intentions, Yuskavage clearly revels in these Wild Things, empowered creatures who are free from the conventions of every day life. 

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Wendy and Hanna Schouwink (David Zwirner, partner) discussing Lisa Yuskavage’s “Peekaboo,” 2015

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Wendy and Julia Joern (David Zwirner, partner) in front of Yuskavage’s “Hippies,” 2013

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Wendy speaking with Lisa Yuskavage after her talk