• Installation view of Lévy Gorvy's presentation at Booth E6 at Art Basel Miami Beach

Art Basel, Miami Beach

Art Basel, Miami Beach

We hope you will join us at Booth E6 from December 7–10.

In 1979, Robert Motherwell, speaking before a class at the New School, suggested that close analysis of the term “abstract”— derived from the Latin abstractus, meaning “to take from,” “to select from”— could yield a more open-ended definition of the genre. Postulating that all artists must undertake a process of selection, regardless of the realistic or non-figurative nature of their imagery, he explained: “[T]here is no communication, no work of art that’s not essentially ‘abstract’ by definition, abstracted for the purposes of emphasis.” Motherwell concluded that an artist’s imagination might counteract the art-historical legacy of representation. By understanding an artwork through the lens of immediate experience, he argued, its dynamic sensory elements would emerge as its foremost qualities, underscoring its profound effects in real time and space.

Lévy Gorvy's presentation, Abstracting the Real, brings together a range of artists who explore Motherwell's expanded definition of the abstract. Focusing on the postwar years in America and Europe, this selection celebrates those innovators — Josef Albers, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, François Morellet and Andy Warhol among them — who transformed the ways in which artworks interacted with their physical frames. The formal constructions of each artwork profess concerns simmering just beneath the surface: adopting a heroic rhetoric and sweeping scale, the New York School freed painting from its timeworn task of depiction, while Pop Art and Minimalism addressed the abiding influence of an artwork’s surroundings on both its content and the perceptual experience it affords. Together, these artists redefined art’s visual proximity to reality, asserting the artificiality of physical limitations to emphasize con- creteness, immediacy, and sensation over the remove of description.

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Selected Works

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  • ELLSWORTH KELLY
    Sumac
    1959
    Oil on canvas
    74 x 63 inches (188 x 160 cm)
    Initialed and dated EK 59 (on the reverse)

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  • CHUCK CLOSE
    Maggie
    2005-2006
    Oil on canvas
    102 x 84 inches (259.1 x 213.4 cm)

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  • CAROL RAMA
    Carillon
    1966
    Mixed media on canvas
    23 5/8 x 19 11/16 inches (60 x 50 cm)

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  • FRANÇOIS MORELLET
    2 trames de tirets 0° 30° (13 cm de haut chacun)
    1971
    Silkscreened paint on canvas
    55 1/8 x 55 1/8 inches (140 x 140 cm)

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  • ROY LICHTENSTEIN
    Ritual Mask
    1992
    Enamel on tin plated bronze
    51 1/8 x 26 x 11 3/8 inches
    (129.9 x 66 x 28.9 cm)
    Edition 1 of 6

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  • ROY LICHTENSTEIN
    Brushstroke Head III
    1987
    Painted and patinated bronze
    28 7/8 x 21 x 11 1/2 inches
    (73.3 x 53.3 x 29.2 cm)
    Edition 5 of 6

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  • ANDY WARHOL
    Diamond Dust Shoes
    1980 - 1981
    Acrylic, silkscreen ink, and diamond dust on canvas
    90 x 70 inches (228.6 x 177.8 cm)

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  • JOSEF ALBERS
    Homage to the Square: Open D
    1951
    Oil on Masonite in artist's own frame
    Framed Dimensions:
    22 1/2 x 23 inches (56.5 x 58.4 cm)

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  • TERRY ADKINS
    Yuma
    2013
    Wood, blown glass (chrome) in wire fruit harvester with red velvet cushion
    45 x 12 x 12 inches (114.3 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm)

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Selected Press

Huffington Post | Art Basel Miami Beach 2017 : Where The Museums Come to Shop

December 14, 2017

‘We were very pleased by the overall fair, both in terms of the general interest we had, and in terms …

Artnet | Price Check! Here’s What Sold—and for How Much—at Art Basel Miami Beach

December 11, 2017

There’s a reason why Art Basel in Miami Beach has been dubbed the art world’s Black Friday. Judging …

The Observer | Art Basel Miami Beach 2017: The Good, the Bad and the Biggest Sales

December 11, 2017

Sales reports suggested that painting is far from dead, to the market at least. An Ellsworth Kelly with …

Bloomberg | Trump's Former Taj Mahal Casino Relics Among Art Basel Displays

December 11, 2017

A 1959 painting by Ellsworth Kelly, who died in 2015, sold at Levy Gorvy Gallery.

Artnet | 10 of the Most Eye-Opening Artworks at Art Basel Miami Beach

December 8, 2017

At the fair, Lévy Gorvy has a 2013 sculpture that illustrates Adkins’s complexity. Sitting on a low …

Artnews | Art Basel Miami Beach Sees ‘Slow But Steady’ Sales—Including $9.5 M. Nauman—on Opening Day in Mid-Renovation Convention Center

December 6, 2017

...power-clusters, with Zwirner, Gagosian, Lévy Gorvy, Pace, and Gladstone Gallery all bordering the …

Vogue | The Women to Watch at Art Basel Miami

December 5, 2017

Senga Nengudi, the increasingly influential artist who works with objects familiar to women’s everyday …

Artnews | Frank Stella Takes to the Sky

December 5, 2017

The NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale has adopted the novel strategy of taking to the sky, with an airplane …

Artnet | Here’s What Dealers Are Bringing to Art Basel in Miami Beach

December 4, 2017

Featuring selections from Lévy Gorvy's presentation at Booth E6, Ellsworth Kelly’s burnt-red painting Sumac (1959) …

Financial Times | Lévy Gorvy representing François Morellet

December 1, 2017

Partly inspired by minimal, disruptive composer John Cage, who was a contemporary, Morellet developed …

Christie's | The insiders’ guide to Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

November 30, 2017

Seven leading art-world figures open up their little black books to offer expert advice on what to see …

Artnet | Lévy Gorvy to Represent the Estate of Terry Adkins

November 20, 2017

When art dealer Dominique Lévy first saw the work of American artist Terry Adkins a few years ago at …

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