• 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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  • ROBERT MOTHERWELL
    Open No. 164
    1970 / c. 1977
    Acrylic on canvas
    60 x 71 inches (152.4 x 180.3 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

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 …

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 …

ArtNet | After Decades of Slow and Steady, Pat Steir’s Market Is Now Moving at a Breakneck Pace

September 28, 2017

Over the course of her 77 years, Pat Steir has veered between conceptual art, Minimalism, and figuration …

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