New York

Les Levine

Ted Greenwald Gallery

As a self-described “media artist” Les Levine operates in a gray area of his own whimsical design, shuttling his deliberately simple concepts back and forth between the modern media’s polar extremes—advertising and fine art, unique objects and magazine covers. billboards and videotapes. In this show alone, large-format Polaroid portraits, plasticine constructions, and giant watercolor scenes alternated as vehicles for Levine’s particular brand of Zen-like attitudinizing. Lurking behind this restless media-mongering is a latent sense of impatience with art: Levine is more attracted to ideas than to the specifics and techniques of any given art form. Back in the glory days of conceptual art, his flat-footed content made his vision look wide-eyed next to more didactic, knotty systems; today, his insistence on the primacy of the idea can come off as windy willfulness. But Levine’s formula

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