New York

Kim Levin

Ronald Feldman Gallery

“I make lists of things to do and follow them. Lately, my pocket calendar doesn’t seem adequate, so I’ve taken to making out a list on a new three-by-five card every two or three days. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to cross an item off the list. The items even include things like ‘studio,’ which simply means go to the studio that day and paint.” The words are Peter Plagens’s, from a 2005 lecture at the University of Southern California, but they might just as easily have been uttered by Kim Levin.

Except that Levin doesn’t even paint—she’s “just” a veteran New York critic and curator—though she does share Plagens’s organizational penchant, and recently conjured up an exhibition at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts from little more than her own lists (identified, more precisely, as “Notes and Itineraries, 1976–2004”). Levin’s rundowns, most written on the backs of galleries’ invitation cards,

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