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SKZ FORMS AND COLOR STUDIES

Paris From 27 January to 24 February 2018

Praz-Delavallade

Praz-Delavallade

Paris - France

Presentation
Praz-Delavallade is pleased to announce the first exhibition in Paris by Los Angeles-based artist Dan
Levenson.

At first sight Dan Levenson’s studio isn’t exactly what you’d expect.

Some tired-looking old furniture marked by the passing of time stands proudly in the middle of the studio, whereas the artist’s canvasses are sensibly stored away in a multitude of boxes piled one on top of the other. It looks like the paintings are trying desperately to escape, without ever quite succeeding. Some that seem to have the artist’s favour have won the right to be present and are spread across a table that’s just as old and worn as the rest of the furniture.

The confusion really arises when we discover the paintings. Are we in the studio of a follower of Bauhaus, a constructivist artist, or rather a fellow traveller of the Abstraction-Création group? In fact, Dan Levenson is a young artist from New York who has recently settled in Los Angeles, someone who seems perfectly serene and in tune with his times. I saw in Dan a connection with a Tim Burton-like character. Levenson asserts his right to mystify, however a predominant sense of mischief outweighs his vanity.

There is a joyous and a poetical Dadaist vibe to his work that leaves room for a form of poetry, a picturesque narrative that lends its secret energy to the story he is telling, deeply marking it with strength and life. Profoundly rooted in an overall conceptual theme, Dan Levenson’s paintings are in touch with the traditions of historical art and fantasy. According to the artist: “My work deals with a completely fictional narrative about a community of Swiss artists in a generic modern-day past.

The story’s protagonists are the various institutions that surround the artists, whereas the latter’s individual identities remain unknown. These institutions include an art school, an art gallery, a manufacturer of art and office supplies, a publishing company, a philanthropic tobacco manufacturer and a state-like entity, the Swiss Standards Organization.” Levenson takes on every role: the painter paints, the sculptor sculpts, the installation artist installs and the designer designs.

A plural form of art, a pluralism that is the consequence of Dan Levenson’s aesthetic approach that he sums up with his trademark ingenuity and irreverence: “I avoid any claims of authenticity, the fragmented story is told through a wide variety of media, which represent the material remnants of a forgotten culture. The paintings are central to the project.”

Born in New-York, NY, US, Dan Levenson currently lives and works in Los Angeles. In 1997, he obtained his M.F.A from the Royal College of Art, London. His work has been exhibited at White Columns, New York, NY; LAXART, Los Angeles, CA; Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA; PARTICIPANT INC, New York, NY; EFA Gallery, New York, NY; Peloton, Sydney, Australia; and OfficeOps, Brooklyn, NY.
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  • 5 Rue des Haudriettes
    75003, Paris
    France
    +33 1 45 86 20 00

    Schedules

    Tuesday

    11:00 AM to 12:00 PM - 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    Wednesday

    11:00 AM to 12:00 PM - 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    Thursday

    11:00 AM to 12:00 PM - 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    Friday

    11:00 AM to 12:00 PM - 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    Saturday

    11:00 AM to 12:00 PM - 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM

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Dan Levenson, Orell Egi, Painting

Dan Levenson

Orell Egi, 2016
16.5 x 11 inch
Painting

$3,200

Dan Levenson, Michaela Schalter, Painting

Dan Levenson

Michaela Schalter, 2016
16.5 x 11 inch
Painting

$3,200

Dan Levenson, Orsina Freudweiler, Painting

Dan Levenson

Orsina Freudweiler, 2016
16.5 x 11 inch
Painting

$3,200

Dan Levenson, Ottavia Guenert, Painting

Dan Levenson

Ottavia Guenert, 2016
16.5 x 11 inch
Painting

$3,200

Dan Levenson, Pirmin Wunderli, Painting

Dan Levenson

Pirmin Wunderli, 2016
16.5 x 11 inch
Painting

$3,200

Dan Levenson, Renata Bliggensdorfer, Painting

Dan Levenson

Renata Bliggensdorfer, 2016
16.5 x 11 inch
Painting

$3,200

Dan Levenson, Resli Linsi, Painting

Dan Levenson

Resli Linsi, 2016
16.5 x 11 inch
Painting

$3,200

Dan Levenson, Sira Notz, Painting

Dan Levenson

Sira Notz, 2016
16.5 x 11 inch
Painting

$3,200

Dan Levenson, Timo Kraus, Painting

Dan Levenson

Timo Kraus, 2016
16.5 x 11 inch
Painting

$3,200

Dan Levenson, Ueli Tanner, Painting

Dan Levenson

Ueli Tanner, 2016
16.5 x 11 inch
Painting

$3,200

Dan Levenson, Uschi Kuechli, Painting

Dan Levenson

Uschi Kuechli, 2016
16.5 x 11 inch
Painting

$3,200

Dan Levenson, Franco Sigg, Painting

Dan Levenson

Franco Sigg, 2018
46.9 x 33.1 inch
Painting

$9,600

Dan Levenson, Xavier Mundweiler, Painting

Dan Levenson

Xavier Mundweiler, 2018
46.9 x 33.1 inch
Painting

$9,600

Dan Levenson, Hanni Winkelmann, Painting

Dan Levenson

Hanni Winkelmann, 2018
46.9 x 33.1 inch
Painting

$9,600

Dan Levenson, Hanni Reiff, Painting

Dan Levenson

Hanni Reiff, 2018
46.9 x 33.1 inch
Painting

$9,600

Dan Levenson, Blaise Gimpert, Painting

Dan Levenson

Blaise Gimpert, 2016
16.5 x 11 inch
Painting

$3,200

Dan Levenson, Etienne Ritzmann, Painting

Dan Levenson

Etienne Ritzmann, 2016
16.5 x 11 inch
Painting

$3,200

Dan Levenson, Fabia Wismann, Painting

Dan Levenson

Fabia Wismann, 2016
16.5 x 11 inch
Painting

$3,200

Dan Levenson, Fabia Von Schmid, Painting

Dan Levenson

Fabia Von Schmid, 2016
16.5 x 11 inch
Painting

$3,200

Dan Levenson, Hannes Bebi, Painting

Dan Levenson

Hannes Bebi, 2016
16.5 x 11 inch
Painting

$3,200

Dan Levenson, Heinz Schoch, Painting

Dan Levenson

Heinz Schoch, 2016
16.5 x 11 inch
Painting

$3,200

Dan Levenson, Helga Jauch, Painting

Dan Levenson

Helga Jauch, 2016
16.5 x 11 inch
Painting

$3,200

Dan Levenson, Helga Krebs, Painting

Dan Levenson

Helga Krebs, 2016
16.5 x 11 inch
Painting

$3,200

Dan Levenson, Manfred Häusli, Painting

Dan Levenson

Manfred Häusli, 2016
16.5 x 11 inch
Painting

$3,200

Dan Levenson, Melania Brändlin, Painting

Dan Levenson

Melania Brändlin, 2016
16.5 x 11 inch
Painting

$3,200

Dan Levenson, SKZ Student Painting Storage Box Number 964, Painting

Dan Levenson

SKZ Student Painting Storage Box Number 964, 2018
19.7 x 9.8 x 14.2 inch
Painting

$25,500

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