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Les Levine, b.1935

Group Shows Cut-Up the Group1989

Les Levine’s conceptual practice is realised in various formats including painting, photography, print, installation and, as exemplified in this work, Mail Art. This modified photograph and the accompanying humorous letter, were sent to colleagues and acquaintances of the artist, denouncing the merits of group exhibitions. The photograph was taken by Levine, and presents legendary artistic and literary collaborators William Burroughs and Brion Gysin. Burroughs and Gysin are noted for having developed the cut-up technique, employing this system to create literary, audio, and visual compositions. Levine adopts various tactics in the dissemination of his artworks and is particularly recognised for his billboard works. Informed by the language of mass advertising, this photograph uses the same aesthetic strategy, with its punchy slogan and solid typeface.

MediumModified photograph reproduced on photographic paper, and printed letter
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Donation, Novak/O'Doherty Collection, 2015
EditionEd. 37/250
Item NumberIMMA.3922
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Les Levine, Group Shows Cut-Up the Group, 1989, Modified photograph reproduced on photographic paper, and printed letter, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Donation, Novak/O'Doherty Collection, 2015

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About the Artist

Les Levine b.1935

Les Levine studied at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London, before moving to Toronto in 1958, where he continued his studies at the New School of Art. Levine’s artistic practice incorporates various means including painting, sculpture, installation, performance work, mail art and artists’ books. During his prolific career Levine has produced major series of works about the manifold effects and functions of the media and information systems. Levine continues to live and work in New York. — View Artist »