Los Angeles

Les Levine

Molly Barnes Gallery

Les Levine is more (or less) than an artist; he’s an operative, a set-breaker dealing with expectations and removals, real time and phenomena in general. His calling card, “New from Les Levine,” has a department store banality and his press releases are integral to his works (usually having the form of events). Levine, especially in “Paint,” challenges us not with “It’s interesting, but is it art?” but rather with, “Sure it’s art, but is it interesting?” Needing the backdrop of art as much as any painter or sculptor, “Paint” is more interesting taken in the context of art rather than the world as a whole. “Paint’s” significance (that information, not esthetics, is the business of art) is achieved only in the virginally white gallery setting, in a boarded-off rectangle on the floor.

(From the release): “ ‘Paint’ consists of pouring a gallon of different colors of paint into a trough on the

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