This past weekend, the New York Times did a fantastic write-up of the Jonathan Levine Gallery, who is celebrating their fifth anniversary. The Gallery has always been a champion of illustration and shows the work of multiple Parsons Illustration alums and faculty members. Here’s a snippet from the write-up:
For the current fifth-anniversary exhibition at his New York gallery Jonathan LeVine has filled it with works by 35 artists, most of whom he represents. The space is in Chelsea, but there’s no cerebral conceptualism, cool abstraction or painterly gesture on view.
Instead this work, variously labeled Lowbrow Art, Pop Surrealism and perhaps most accurately Pop Pluralism, is the skateboarding, graffiti-tagging, sometimes bratty and rebellious younger sibling of the art shown in most of the neighborhood’s locations. Still, the art in the Jonathan LeVine Gallery seems at home in Chelsea in a way it did not five years ago. After years on the fringes of the art world, “we’ve come to a turning point,” Mr. LeVine said recently. “The mainstream is embracing this work.”
Read the rest of the article here and also make sure to check out the great multi-media section featuring lots of images and commentary from Jonathan himself. The Five Year Anniversary Group Exhibition is on view at Jonathan Levine through March 27th and includes works by Parsons Illustration alums Isabel Samaras, AJ Fosik, Andy Kehoe, and Parsons Illustration faculty Tara McPherson.
Congrats to Jonathan, his staff, and all the artists he represents!
Jonathan LeVine Gallery
529 West 20th Street, 9th floor
New York, NY 10011
HOURS: Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 6pm
[image by Andy Kehoe, “Passing Through the Forest Deep”]