Levis Fine Art, Inc. specializes in the identification, acquisition, scholarship, exhibition and sale of Pre and Post-War modernist paintings and sculpture.
We pride ourselves in offering the finest examples by artists who were highly respected by their peers and museums, but are for the most part still relatively unknown to most collectors today. The reasons for their undeserved obscurity are diverse, and as such allow us to present significant opportunities for a wide range of collectors and museums.
As a third generation art collector, co- founder of the Fortress Corporation (the nation’s largest fine art storage and management services firm serving over 100 Museums and 6000 collectors and galleries) and owner of Levis Fine Art, Inc., Jim Levis has had the pleasure of working with collectors, corporations, artists’ estates and museums in the US and abroad for over 40 years.
Our inventory of art by these artists includes the best works of Nassos Daphnis, Dorothy Dehner, Beauford Delaney, Burgoyne Diller, George Grosz, Grace Hartigan, Budd Hopkins, Paul Jenkins, Elaine de Kooning, Ibram Lassaw, De Hirsch Margules, Milton Resnick, Jose de Rivera, James Rosati, Rolph Scarlett, Leon Polk Smith, Hedda Sterne, Yvonne Thomas, Mark Tobey Albert Wein, William Zorach, Marguerite Zorach and Francisco Zuniga.
We are proud to exhibit their art along side their highly visible peers including Alice Neel, Willem de Kooning, Milton Avery, Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Archipenko, Thomas Hart Benton, Kenneth Noland and Sam Francis.
Levis Fine Art takes pride in presenting works directly from the estates and/or families of Beauford Delaney, Maurice Golubov, Budd Hopkins and Elaine de Kooning. We have some of the finest works from their best periods. We have won the confidence of our consignors by demonstrating integrity in our frequent and open communication, transaction reporting and prompt payment. We have won the confidence of our clients who look to us for best examples in the best condition at a fair value.
Levis Fine Art has mounted or been instrumental in organizing several exhibitions over the past 10 years, including the 2008 retrospective on Albert Wein, N.A. at the Boston Athenaeum, and several exhibitions at it’s gallery in 2009 and 2010 and 2011 including: “The Fourth Dimension-the genius of Maurice Golubov”, “de Kooning -works by Willem de Kooning and Elaine de Kooning”, and “Form and Figure- Avery through Zuniga”. Jim Levis has authored numerous articles on mid-century modern art.
Levis Fine Art has participated in numerous national fine art fairs including Art20 New York, USArtists in Philadelphia, The Boston Fine Art Fair and The Los Angeles Fine Art Fair. Mr. Levis has been a speaker before museum groups and the World Presidents Organization, and is a member of the Chief Executives Organization.
Whether you’re interested in acquiring one painting or building a collection, we strive to make sure that each acquisition is not only visually and emotionally rewarding for you, but also can be viewed as an intelligent “wealth-preservation” asset.
Please view our website to get a glimpse of some of the artist’s works we currently have available. All works shown are subject to prior sale. We look forward to working with you in the near future. We operate by appointment only, so please call at 914-762-4880 or email us to schedule a viewing.
Theodoros StamosBiography of the Artist
(1922 - 1997)
Moon Garden, 1946
Oil on board
14 x 6 inches
Signed and dated lower left
(1922 - 1997)
As the youngest member of The Irascibles, Theodoros Stamos developed his artistic style during the highpoint of Abstract Expressionism. His style changed dramatically during his career, beginning with biomorphic forms and later advancing into pure color abstraction. His adventurous approach, transient style and expressive color palettes give credit to his association with the Abstract Expressionists and reign him in the top ranks among his contemporaries. His ingenuity is most expressive in his works which create the effect of luminosity using a medium that is, by definition, opaque. Born and raised in Manhattan, Stamos sought refuge from the stark and vapid environment in the Museum of Natural History. The fossil, mineral and single-celled organism exhibits both intrigued and perplexed him. With an affinity for nature and its biomorphic components, Stamos created his earliest works as a metaphor for the world he saw before him; one of simplicity forever lost in the hurricane of complexity. Between 1949 and 1955, Stamos’ works were juxtapositions of “shadowy presences, translucent hazes, and delicate calmness alongside the encroachment of an orientalizing type of calligraphy”. (Knoedler Zurich Catalogue: Stamos) These works have a delicate soft side to them; their brushstrokes are graceful and lyrical and their palettes hold a melancholic weight to them. Stamos’ later works are explosive in color and in size. Their initial impact is one of strength and dominance, yet at closer observation they are filled with endless ambiguities and uncertainties. Stamos’ career as an artist has proven to be extremely successful, despite the changes the art market has undergone over the past decades. The irony in his work is not accidental, it is reasoned through by concrete means and as a result it reflects a sense of solidity. The true testament to Stamos’ world, whether it be imaginative, tangible, explosive or subtle, stems from the natural world of chaos and order. Stamos’ works are in more than forty-five museums and numerous private collections.