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William Leavitt

Stock Figures, 2004

Acrylic on Prisma paper
18 1/2 × 42 1/2 × 1 1/12 in
47 × 108 × 2.8 cm
Bidding closed
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The Kitchen

Courtesy of the Artist and Greene Naftali.

The title and subject of this painting by William …

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Courtesy of the Artist and Greene Naftali.

The title and subject of this painting by William Leavitt, Stock Figures, seems archetypal for a practice that has famously played on relationships between sculpture, conceptual art, and the entertainment industry of the artist's native Los Angeles. In this work, an array …

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William Leavitt
American, b. 1941
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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.”

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About the work
The Kitchen

Courtesy of the Artist and Greene Naftali.

The title and subject of this painting by William …

Read more

Courtesy of the Artist and Greene Naftali.

The title and subject of this painting by William Leavitt, Stock Figures, seems archetypal for a practice that has famously played on relationships between sculpture, conceptual art, and the entertainment industry of the artist's native Los Angeles. In this work, an array …

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Signature
Recto
Image rights
Courtesy of the Kitchen and the Artist.
William Leavitt
American, b. 1941
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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.”

William Leavitt

Stock Figures, 2004

Acrylic on Prisma paper
18 1/2 × 42 1/2 × 1 1/12 in
47 × 108 × 2.8 cm
Bidding closed
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