PRINT April 1970

Les Levine: Business as Usual

Superior culture is one of the most artificial of all human creations. . . .

—Clement Greenberg1

Transparency is the highest, most liberating value in art. . . .

—Susan Sontag2

Culture, which today has assumed the character of advertising, was never anything for Veblen but advertising, a display of power, loot, and profit.

—Theodor Adorno3

I don’t find it interesting to create antagonism, however I don’t find it very interesting to prevent it either. In a totally programmed society my art is about packaging, but I don’t package my work so that it is acceptable to the art world.

—Les Levine

AMONG THOSE KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT ART there are two distinct types: those who detest Les Levine and those who appreciate the negative vibrations which Levine radiates with such effortless ease.

The bomb has gone off and we are all on the beach. Art, that Renaissance product, no longer exists; only

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