William Leavitt
American, born 1941
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Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2018
Downtown Art Ephemera, 1970s-1990s, Curated by Marc H Miller,
James Fuentes
2017
William Leavitt: Cycladic Figures,
Honor Fraser
2016
FADE IN: INT. ART GALLERY – DAY,
Swiss Institute

William Leavitt is now credited with laying the foundation for West Coast Conceptualism in the late 1960s and early 1970s, but he doesn’t exactly consider himself a conceptual artist. Leavitt prefers to think of himself as “a narrative specialist or something,” trying to “frame some story through an object or a painting or a situation that would lend itself to further narrative.” Leavitt’s diverse practice includes photography, painting, drawings, installation, audio, and performance. He draws from the domestic and industrial landscapes of Los Angeles, and often includes fragments of modernist architecture and references to popular culture. Leavitt is most interested in the relationships between the artificial and the natural, and the intersections of illusion and reality. In his own words, Leavitt entertains an ongoing exploration of “the theater of the ordinary.”