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.
Grace HartiganBiography of the Artist
Oil on canvas
81 x 91 inches
Framed: 81 x 91 inches
Signed lower right
Grace Hartigan Levis Fine Art Private Collection, Massachusetts
As a member of the Abstract Expressionist movement, Hartigan received major accolades from her participation in the 1950 New Talent exhibition curated by Meyer Schapiro and Clement Greenberg, solo exhibitions at Tibor de Nagy, and her inclusion, as the only female artist, in the 1956 Twelve Americans exhibition at MoMA. Hartigan’s work represents the voice of a true female Abstract Expressionist torn between abstraction and figuration, high art and pop culture, and images and words. From her first solo exhibition in 1951 at the highly revered Tibor de Nagy gallery to the present, Hartigan continues to form her own unique artistic language based upon the dedication and aesthetic of great friends and icons Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock as well as her appreciation of the Old Masters’ clear and concise artistic approaches to still life and portraiture. Hartigan’s work has always exuded a sense of playfulness in its finality and her themes and styles continue to evolve. While her abstractions attest to her brilliant understanding of the formal aesthetics of good painting, her figurations and portraits reveal a more intimate challenge for the artist; the question of identity. Throughout each evolving style, Hartigan explores the varying relationship between traditions and rituals among different cultures and genders. Within this context Hartigan’s portraits reveal an insight to the traditions and rituals of different cultures and genders. In an attempt to work through the problems associated with identity, both Hartigan’s early portraits(Grand Street Brides Series) and late portraits, (seen here, Portia and Tunisian Woman) draw on a variety of sources for inspiration, namely modern traditions and conveniences, paper dolls, imaginary heroes, famous paintings from art history, and great queens and empresses. Each portrait seems to ‘transcend individual experience to express the isolation that exists beneath the customary rituals of modern life’. [Mattison, 1990] In addition to pure abstractions, word imagery, collages, and portraits, Hartigan also pursued a much different approach to her work, particularly in the 1970’s. In these canvas’ Hartigan deals with a more intimate issue than that of identity; life and death, sin and salvation become dominating themes and allow a purging of personal inner turmoil on the canvas’. Both Clarissa’s World and Land and Sea are excellent examples of Hartigan’s achievements during this decade, ones characterized by image fragmentation, obsessively crowded spatial arrangements, and perhaps her most brilliant uses of color. Hartigan’s work is represented in landmark institutions such as the Guggenheim, MoMA, the Metropolitan, the Whitney, the Corcoran, and the Smithsonian.