Daniel Levine: Marker, Some Walls, Oakland, CA

Daniel Levine, Untitled #1, 2011-2012
Oil on cotton
9 x 8 13/16 inches

July 1 – August 26, 2012

Some Walls is pleased to present Daniel Levine: “Marker”. In an interview with John Zinsser in NY Arts Magazine, Levine answers, “…my paintings aren’t as “outwardly friendly” as yours are. You’re the “friendly” abstract painter – the “A” side of a great single; I’m the “B” side, in a minor key.”

Levine’s paintings are not reductions from or to anything, not representations of anything but simply themselves, works made by an artist from skeleton to skin, packed with tissues and organs of material and touch, and invested with the breath and fluid of idea, intention, and process, all the essentials any painting needs. They are not programmed or artificial; there is no sameness here, no production. He cannot be accused of enacting the quote often attributed to Albert Einstein: “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Instead, they seem as natural and new as each full moon.

Daniel Levine lives and works in New York City, where he was born. His work is represented in the collection of the Panza Collection, The Museo Cantonale d’Arte, Lugano, Switzerland, The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson, and private collections in Europe and the United States. He was the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant in 1989 and a New York Foundation for the Arts grant in 1989.

Selected solo exhibitions include: Gallery Sonja Roesch, Houston, TX; Apex Gallery, New York, NY; and Julian Pretto Gallery, New York, NY.

Selected group exhibitions include: Faction, The University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio; In The Flat Field, Flanders Gallery, Raleigh, NC; In Substantiality, Theodore:Art, New York, NY (with Andreas Blank, Patrick Caulfield, Richard Paul); Mostly Monochrome, McKenzie Fine Art, New York, NY; Blue, James Graham and Sons, New York, NY (curated by John Zinsser, with Rudolf de Crignis, Joe Fyfe, James Hyde, Olivier Mosset, R.H. Quaytman, Kate Shepherd, Amy Sillman, Philip Taaffe, Dan Walsh); Accrochage, Gallery Sonja Roesch, Houston, TX; Monochrome Utopia, 532 Gallery, NY (with Sharon Brant, Matthew Deleget, Olivier Mosset, Erik Saxon, Li Trincere); In Good Company: Figurative Drawings from the Collection, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; and Minus Space, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, NY.

In addition to exhibiting his paintings in Europe and the United States since 1984, in 1989 he curated Amerikarma, exhibiting John Currin, Steven Parrino, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Cady Noland, Jim Shaw, Al Ruppersberg, Raymond Pettibon and others. He also curated World View in 1985, exhibiting Jennifer Bolande, Richard Prince, Peter Nagy, Meyer Vaisman and others. He is currently organizing an exhibit tentatively titled, Another Log Cabin, Another Bird House, Another Ashtray.

Some Walls is a curatorial and writing art project founded in 2009 in a private home in Oakland, California. Some Walls is open by appointment only. To schedule a visit, or for more information, please contact Chris Ashley at info@somewalls.com.