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William Leavitt

William Leavitt, Hillside Lights (Incandescent) (detail), 2004, oil on canvas, 24 x 60".

William Leavitt: Theater Objects

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, LOS ANGELES

March 13–July 3

Curated by Bennett Simpson and Ann Goldstein



WILLIAM LEAVITT IS FINALLY having a retrospective, and in his hometown. There is some justice in the world.

I came to Los Angeles in 1970, when the dominant modes were Ferus Gallery, Light and Space, and plastics. I felt isolated but gradually met a few other arrière-garde artists: Bas Jan Ader, Michael Asher, David Askevold, Guy de Cointet, Ger van Elk, Richard Jackson, David Lamelas, Allen Ruppersberg, William Wegman, and Bill Leavitt.

Bill’s subjects are almost everything I hate about Los Angeles: patios, sliding glass doors, tract homes, etc. I’ve always said anything can be art, but he has done what I didn’t think possible. He may be the Edward Hopper of Los Angeles. He is a master of the overlooked and inconsequential. Organized by MoCA curator

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