'Arctic Earth' is a lithograph print created by artist William Leavitt for Liverpool Biennial’s Limited Editions series. 'Arctic Earth' elaborates on his 2014 work of the same name, shown as part of the 8th Liverpool Biennial Exhibition, A Needle Walks into a Haystack. The mixed-media installation at …

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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.”

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2020
pre sent tensegalerie frank elbaz
2017
William Leavitt: Cycladic FiguresHonor Fraser
2016
FADE IN: INT. ART GALLERY – DAYSwiss Institute
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Arctic Earth, 2014

Lithograph print
18 7/10 × 24 3/5 in
47.5 × 62.5 cm
Location
Liverpool

'Arctic Earth' is a lithograph print created by artist William Leavitt for Liverpool …

Medium

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.”

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
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