About

Lévy Gorvy, formed by Dominique Lévy and Brett Gorvy, cultivates a program devoted to innovation and connoisseurship in the fields of modern, postwar, and contemporary art.

The gallery represents Enrico Castellani, Chung Sang-Hwa, Gego, Seung-taek Lee, Senga Nengudi, Karin Schneider, Pierre Soulages, Pat Steir, Frank Stella, and Günther Uecker, as well as the Estate of Yves Klein, the Estate of Roman Opalka, Carol Rama, and the Estate of Germaine Richier.

A globally respected gallerist, Dominique Lévy formed her eponymous gallery in 2012. Formerly Chairman and International Head of Post War and Contemporary Art at Christie’s, Brett Gorvy is one of the leading forces and tastemakers within the 20th century art market. Gorvy joined forces with Lévy in January 2017.

Lévy Gorvy maintains a gallery in Mayfair, London and inaugurated an expanded New
York space located at 909 Madison Avenue in January 2017. The gallery fosters continued dedication to the living artists and artists’ estates it represents and pursues a robust program of exhibitions and multidisciplinary events. The gallery represents two of Korea’s most celebrated modern artists, Chung Sang-Hwa and Seung-taek Lee, and is committed to expanding its program in Asia.

Lévy Gorvy specializes in private sales in the secondary market, with a focus on the work of Alexander Calder, Willem de Kooning, Lucio Fontana, Alberto Giacometti, Pablo Picasso, Robert Ryman, and Cy Twombly, among other important 20th century and contemporary artists. It participates in major art fairs worldwide.

The professionals comprising the Lévy Gorvy team represent expertise, depth of knowledge, and passion for art. The gallery’s bespoke advisory and collections management department services collectors, inspired by the vision, personal engagement, and tireless advocacy of the 20th century connoisseur dealers Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, Pierre Matisse, Leo Castelli, and Peggy Guggenheim. Lévy Gorvy also works closely with artists’ families, foundations, and estates to advance the legacy of significant artists and the embrace of new generations of curators, collectors, and audiences.

The gallery produces ongoing art historical research and original scholarship publishing exhibition catalogues, monographs, and other key publications.

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Dominique Lévy

Noted collector, advisor, and gallerist Dominique Lévy is considered a foremost authority on the global art market and is regarded as one of its most influential figures. In September 2013, Lévy opened her eponymous gallery in New York, which has since hosted a dynamic program of exhibitions, performances, and publications. Known for her innovative curatorial approach, Lévy inaugurated her New York gallery with the critically acclaimed exhibition Audible Presence: Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Cy Twombly, accompanied by the first public performance of Yves Klein’s groundbreaking Monotone-Silence Symphony in the United States.

In October 2014, Dominique Lévy opened a second location on Old Bond Street in London’s Mayfair district. Among the many important exhibitions presented by the gallery have been Boris Mikhailov: Four Decades (2013–2014); the trans-Atlantic, two-city exhibition Local History: Castellani, Judd, Stella (2014–2015); Body and Matter: The Art of Kazuo Shiraga and Satoru Hoshino (2015); Alexander Calder: Multum in Parvo (2015), in a collaboration with renowned architect Santiago Calatrava; Gerhard Richter: Colour Charts (2015); and Günther Uecker: Verletzte Felder (2016).

In conjunction with the exhibition program, Dominique Lévy gallery produced a series of catalogues and monographs, including original essays by renowned art historians and writers and previously unpublished archival material. The gallery’s commitment to the arts expanded with the founding of a poetry program; it published newly commissioned work by over twenty poets. In January 2017, Dominique Lévy partnered with Brett Gorvy to create Lévy Gorvy, expanding its New York location to occupy the entirety of the historic landmark building at 909 Madison Avenue.

Lévy’s early career was defined by her experiences at world-renowned auction houses and galleries in Switzerland, France, and the UK. In the late 1980s, she was hired by Swiss auctioneer and collector Simon de Pury at Sotheby’s, where she remained for four years. She subsequently worked with French art dealer Daniel Malingue when he opened his own gallery, and then collaborated with co-director Simon Studer on an independent curatorial enterprise. In the mid-1990s, she joined the team of influential London dealer Anthony d’Offay, where she specialized in postwar American art. From 1999 to 2003, Lévy was the International Director of Private Sales at Christie’s, New York, heading the department that she had played an instrumental role in developing. During this time, she brokered the sale of numerous 19th and 20th-century masterpieces while focusing on developing relationships with cultural institutions, museums, and private collectors. In 2003, she founded Dominique Lévy Fine Art, an advisory service that allowed her to focus on building long-term relationships with clients. In 2005, Lévy co-founded L&M Arts, a gallery with locations in New York and Los Angeles. The bi-coastal gallery provided comprehensive client services and organized acclaimed exhibitions of modern and postwar art, such as Tanguy Calder: Between Surrealism and Abstraction (2010), John Chamberlain: Early Years (2009), and Tom Wesselmann: The Sixties (2006). The gallery staged three Willem de Kooning exhibitions as well as presentations of new work by visionary contemporary artists including David Hammons and Paul McCarthy.

Lévy is a dedicated champion of the arts at large and supports various philanthropic efforts. She provides critical support to arts, literature, and performance institutions including Asia Society, MoMA PS1, the Jewish Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Israel Museum. The Swiss Institute honored Lévy in 2015 at its annual gala, celebrating her career both as a philanthropist and a gallerist; she is currently a member of the Institute’s board of trustees. Lévy recently joined the board of the Representation Project, an initiative that works for gender and sexual orientation equality in film.

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Brett Gorvy

As the worldwide Chairman and International Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art at Christie’s from 2000 to 2016, Brett Gorvy led an international team of 120 professionals who shaped the art market for over fifteen years. Gorvy and his team organized major auctions and exhibitions in New York, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Milan, Dubai, and Hong Kong. He is regarded as one of the leading forces and tastemakers behind the twentieth century art market, exerting a strong influence over the Masterpiece market (i.e., high-value works across all collecting categories).

Arguably his most eminent legacy at Christie’s is his work with masterpiece clients in Asia, where he greatly expanded the auction house’s presence. Gorvy curated The Loaded Brush, mounted by Christie’s in November 2016, which was the first selling exhibition of international twentieth century art in Asia by any auction house.

 Gorvy began as an art critic, journalist and editor in London during the late 1980s. He joined Christies in 1994 as the Head of the Contemporary Art Department in London; then, in 1997, he was promoted to Head of the 20th Century Art Department; finally, in 2000, Gorvy transferred to New York to become Chairman and International Co-Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art. While in this position, Gorvy worked on the consignments and purchases of some of the most historic sales of twentieth and twenty-first century masterpieces in the last two decades, both privately and at auction. Gorvy and his team consistently expanded existing market levels and geographic areas to include Asia, the Middle East, Russia, and Latin America. He was responsible for the development and co-curatorship of special twentieth century auctions such as Looking Forward to the Past, 2015, a sale that included Pablo Picasso’s Les Femmes d’Alger (Version 0), 1955, which sold for $179.4 million and set a record as the highest price ever achieved for any work of art at auction.

 Gorvy is recognized as an expert and passionate advocate of the work of Francis Bacon, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lucian Freud, Alberto Giacometti, Willem de Kooning, Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko, Cy Twombly, and Andy Warhol, as well as a younger generation of artists such as Martin Kippenberger, Jeff Koons and Richard Prince. During his tenure at Christie’s, Gorvy was an essential resource for collectors seeking to incorporate these artists’ works into their collections. As the appointed appraiser for the de Kooning Foundation and the de Kooning Estate, Gorvy was responsible for the recent record for Willem de Kooning’s Untitled XXV, 1977. The previous May, Gorvy coordinated the consignment and sale of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s monumental self-portrait Untitled, 1982, which set a world record price. In November 2014, Gorvy was part of the core team to win two iconic Warhols from The Spielbanken Collection in Germany: Triple Elvis (Ferus Type), 1963; and Four Marlons, 1966. Gorvy also secured the winning bid for Mark Rothko’s Orange, Red, Yellow, 1961, in May 2012, which remains a record for the artist at auction. Under Gorvy’s leadership, Christie’s broke barriers: it was the first auction house to surpass $200 million in Post-War and Contemporary Art sales in one evening, then $400 million, $600 million, and finally $800 million with the November 2014 Evening sale, which realized $852 million—the highest sales total in auction history.

 Gorvy’s background in critical writing is showcased on his popular Instagram account. Gorvy and his wife, Amy Gold, are respected collectors of twentieth century works on paper and photography and regularly lend their works to major institutions.

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