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Les Levine, b.1935

The Troubles: an Artist’s Document of Ulster1972

During his prolific career Les Levine has produced major series of works about the manifold effects and functions of the media and information systems. ‘The Troubles: An Artist’s Document of Ulster’ is a suite of 80 cibachrome photographs, executed in 1972, and for which the artist coined the terms “media sculpture” and “media art”. Levine said of the series “The piece is extremely colourful. It deals with every aspect of the situation. It goes into Catholic homes, Protestant homes, churches, funerals, explosions…My approach was to take it from the human point of view, not the political. So in all cases, I tried to show the people involved and to evoke some state of mind that they were representing in the photo. I avoided taking sides or showing bias. I think the photos speak for themselves and tell their own extraordinary story.” ‘The Troubles: An Artist’s Document of Ulster’ was donated to IMMA by the artist, together with another series of the same name, in 2011.

MediumArchival cibachrome
Dimensions27.9 x 35.6 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Donated by the artist in memory of his parents Muriel McMahon and Charles Levine, 2010
EditionEdition 1/1
Item NumberIMMA.3305.29
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Les Levine, The Troubles: an Artist’s Document of Ulster, 1972, Archival cibachrome, 27.9 x 35.6 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Donated by the artist in memory of his parents Muriel McMahon and Charles Levine, 2010

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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 »