Description

    ISRAEL JACK LEVITAN (American, 1912-1982)
    Untitled (Abstract Cityscape), 1957
    Oil on canvas
    Signed and dated lower right: Levitan '57
    34-1/2 x 49 inches (87.6 x 124.5 cm)


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    In his lifetime, Israel Jack Levitan, was truly worthy of the title,  "renaissance man."  After leaving home at the age of 13, he traveled through the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, taking odd jobs to support himself.  He became blood brother to an Indian chief, worked on the Plymouth Motor Assembly Line in Detroit, became a Golden Gloves welterweight champion, served in the Navy, worked as a physiotherapist and became a reknowned abstract artist and sculptor.  It was at Cass Technical School where he studied painting in 1938.  In 1939, he attended the Arts and Crafts School in Detroit.  When he moved to New York in 1946, he studied under Amedee Ozenfant and Hans Hoffman.  It was Hoffman who suggested Levitan take up sculpture because his "drawings were popping off the page."  After a brief period in France, Levitan set up his own studio in New York City, where he had six one man shows and participated in over 30 group shows between 1952 and 1964.  In the mid 1960's, Levitan, dissatisfied with the competition in the art world, stopped showing and selling his work.  Since his death in 1982 he was featured in one group show in Philadelphia in 1985 and one solo exhibition in 1990 at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. 

     

    Levitan exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Whitney Museum, American Abstract Artists (NYC), Museum of Modern Art, and Realites Nouvelle, Museum of Art Modern, Paris.  There was a retrospective show of his work at the University of California, Berkekley  in 1962. 

     

    Levitan taught at the Brooklym Museum School of Art, Cooper Union, UC Berkeley, and the Philadelphia Museum College of Art.

    Condition Report*:

    A possible repair to the lower left quadrant.  A small puncture to the upper right quadrant.  A few areas of cracking and chips throughout.

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    December, 2008
    11th Thursday
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