New York

Les Levine

Alternative Museum

This survey of recent works by Les Levine covered the artist’s major projects since 1989, mostly the “media campaigns” (as he has called them) that he has waged with billboards. Send Receive, for example, consisted of 2.50 billboards erected in Vienna in 1994, each with the same image of a man and a woman kissing (this work won the Gustav Klimt prize for outdoor advertising in the same year). In Mask Change, See Face (a similarly sized 1995 installation in Bursa, Turkey), the billboards were in pairs, one showing an extreme closeup of the lower part of a man’s face, the other a frontal view of a woman’s face. In Levine’s beautifully installed retrospective, images from such billboard works (Sex Won’t Save You, 1992, Law Order; 1992) were mounted, interspersed with some video works.

There are a number of undercurrents beneath the apparently unruffled, simplistic surface of Levine’s various

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