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.
Elaine de KooningBiography of the Artist
Elaine de Kooning
(1918 - 1989)
Acrylic on canvas
84 x 64 inches
Estate of the artist
Elaine de Kooning
(1918 - 1989)
Elaine de Kooning continues to steadily emerge from the shadow of her teacher and husband, Willem de Kooning, as an important artist in her own right. Her work is highly representative of her dedication to the traditional academic approach as well as her passion for non-conventional methods and styles most intimately associated with the New York School and Abstract Expressionists. Throughout every aspect of her life, Elaine showed tremendous tenacity, dedication, and skillfulness. During the 1940’s and 50’s she positioned herself among the most critically acclaimed artists and creative minds of the period, among them Franz Kline, Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Arshile Gorky, Mark Rothko, Robert Motherwell, John Graham, Merce Cunningham, and critics Tom Hess, Harold Rosenberg, and Clement Greenberg. In addition to her own pursuit as an artist, Elaine dedicated a significant part of her life to relentlessly promoting the talent of her husband, as she skillfully positioned herself as an art critic for major art magazines and a lecturer within various art communities. While distracted by her promotion of Willem’s career and his overshadowing success, her talent as an accomplished abstract artist was still recognized by many major galleries and museums. The 1950’s were an artistically prosperous time for Elaine, as she secured several solo exhibitions at notable galleries such as the Stable Gallery and the Graham Gallery and also participated in numerous noteworthy shows including the Ninth Street Show, 1951, Young American Painters at the MoMA, 1956, and Artists of the NY School: 2nd Generation at the Jewish Museum, 1957. She was included in the Ten Best list in ArtNews in 1956 as well as the Great Expectations I article written by Thomas Hess that same year. Following her separation in 1957, Elaine left New York for a teaching appointment as visiting Professor at the University of New Mexico. This gave her the opportunity to immerse herself in the characteristic color and space of the Southwestern landscape. Following her impressionable visit to Juarez, Mexico where she attended many bullfights, Elaine’s palette shifted to bolder and brighter colors, and her format changed from the typical vertical orientation to the horizontal. Her studio burst with energetic paintings based on the bullfights and the expansive Southwestern landscape. In 1961 her work was included in the Whitney Annual. Elaine would continue painting in an abstract manner for the rest of her life, with the only exception being her renowned portraits. Her ability as an exceptional portrait artist was confirmed with her commission to paint a series of portraits of President John F. Kennedy for the Truman Library in 1963, just before his death. Her mastery of this genre is exemplified in her ability to effectively convey a feeling, a gesture, a sense of likeness about the person as opposed to their physicality. She wavered between precisely configured portraits and those of extreme abstraction, many times faceless. No matter the approach, whether figurative, abstract, or both, the character of Elaine’s subjects were always alive with a personality unique to themselves. Throughout her career Elaine’s gallery, museum, and peer recognition were strong, but like other female artists living in the shadow of their famous husbands, only now is her work beginning to receive the market recognition long overdue.