“Once I didn't make the mistake of not being an artist, all other choices were irrelevant." —Les Levine
For more than five decades, the work of Irish-Canadian-American artist Les Levine has taken shape across a wide range of techniques, media and approaches. Born in Dublin—the son of a Catholic mother and Jewish father—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.
Transmedia brings together a selection of Levine's key works from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s, a time when he was closely connected to the Toronto art scene. 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.
Curated by Sarah Robayo Sheridan
This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada.
ARTbus: Exhibition tour
Mercer Union, the Art Gallery of York University and Oakville Galleries
Exhibition tour to Mercer Union, the Art Gallery of York University and Oakville Galleries. Ride the ARTbus and discover some of the winter's best exhibitions in the GTA!
John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto
Oakville Galleries and the Daniels Faculty at the University of Toronto are pleased to present noted artist Les Levine in conversation with curator Sarah Robayo Sheridan on the occasion of Les Levine: Transmedia.
Please join Oakville Galleries to celebrate the launch of Les Levine: Transmedia, 1964 to 1974, edited by Sarah Robayo Sheridan. At 2:30 pm, Robayo Sheridan will be joined in a brief conversation by Ihor Holubizky, Senior Curator at the McMaster Museum of Art.
22 January – 12 March 2017Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens
Born in Beirut in 1925, Etel Adnan is a painter, essayist, and poet. For her first solo exhibition in Canada, Adnan will present a series of recent works at Oakville Galleries, including a selection of paintings, alongside prints, leporelli and tapestries.