• Installation view of Intimate Infinite: Imagine A Journey. Photo: Elisabeth Bernstein.

  • Installation view of Intimate Infinite: Imagine A Journey. Photo: Elisabeth Bernstein.

  • Installation view of Intimate Infinite: Imagine A Journey. Photo: Elisabeth Bernstein.

  • Installation view of Intimate Infinite: Imagine A Journey. Photo: Elisabeth Bernstein.

  • Installation view of Intimate Infinite: Imagine A Journey. All works by Robert Ryman. Photo: Elisabeth Bernstein. © 2018 Robert Ryman / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

  • Installation view of Intimate Infinite: Imagine A Journey. All works by Cy Twombly. Photo: Elisabeth Bernstein. © 2018 Cy Twombly Foundation.

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Intimate Infinite: Imagine A Journey

Intimate Infinite: Imagine A Journey invites visitors to become immersed in the work of artists who collapse the vastness of infinity into tangible dimensions through obsessive detail and concentrated mark making, the distilled intensity of small scale, or the tactile materiality of their surfaces. In its exploration of the sublime, the exhibition unfolds over all three levels of the gallery’s New York City landmark building, and includes nearly one hundred artworks.

In his first exhibition organized for the gallery, co-founder Brett Gorvy’s selection of paintings, drawings, collages, and sculptures was inspired by William Blake’s poem Auguries of Innocence: “To see a World in a Grain of Sand / And a Heaven in a Wild Flower / Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand / And Eternity in an hour.” Beginning on the gallery’s ground floor, viewers will first encounter a wall of Robert Ryman paintings of different scales and materiality, in direct conversation with three paintings by Cy Twombly, which include the stunning blackboard work Untitled  (1967). The second floor focuses on artworks that demonstrate distinctive sensuality and sensitivity to material, featuring masterworks by the most influential female artists of the 1960s and 1970s in juxtaposition with those of their male peers. Highlights include the bulging and stitched wall relief of Lee Bontecou’s Untitled (1959), made from leather, canvas, welded steel rods, and wire, displayed in visual contrast to the inward movement of Jasper Johns’s White Target (1958). The third floor of Intimate Infinite is a meditation upon fantastical universes, including surreal landscapes by Yves Tanguy, such as Lumen (1949), and René Magritte’s La condition humaine (1935). These works are positioned alongside exquisitely executed box assemblages by Joseph Cornell and Lucas Samaras. This room will also feature seven butterfly works by Jean Dubuffet—the first time in New York that such a significant assembly of these rare and intricate collages will be shown together.

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Selected Works

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  • CY TWOMBLY
    Untitled, 1967.
    Oil-based house paint and wax crayon on canvas,
    57 x 68 inches (144.8 x 172.7 cm).
    © 2018 Cy Twombly Foundation.
    Photo: Stephen White.

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  • Hannah Wilke.
    Mellow Yellow, 1975.
    Latex and snaps,
    22 x 31 x 5 inches, (55.9 x 78.7 x 12.7 cm).
    © 2018 Marsie, Emanuelle, Damon and Andrew Scharlatt - Hannah Wilke Collection and Archive, Los Angeles.
    Photo: Tom Powel Imaging.

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  • Jean Dubuffet.
    Le Strabique (The Cross-Eyed Man), 1953.
    Collage with butterfly wings and gouache on paper board,
    9 3/4 x 7 inches (24.8 x 17.8 cm).
    Private collection, courtesy Pace Gallery.
    © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.
    Photo: Tim Nighswander / IMAGING4ART.

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  • Robert Ryman.
    Untitled, 1962.
    Oil on linen,
    69 1/2 x 69 1/2 inches (176.5 x 176.5 cm).
    Courtesy of the Whitney Museum of American Art.
    © 2018 Robert Ryman / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.
    Photo: Whitney Museum, NY.

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  • Joseph Cornell.
    Untitled (The Snow Maiden), c. 1933.
    Box construction,
    13 1/4 x 13 1/4 x 2 1/2 inches (33.7 x 33.7 x 6.4 cm).
    © The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation / Licensed by VAGA at ARS, New York.
    Photo: Tim Nighswander / IMAGING4ART.

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  • Bruce Conner.
    Psychedelicatessen Owner, 1990.
    Collage on found illustrations,
    8 x 5 7/8 inches (20.3 x 14.9 cm).
    © 2018 Bruce Conner / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
    Photo: Tom Powel Imaging.

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  • Carol Rama.
    Bricolage, 1967.
    Mixed media on canvas,
    13 11/16 x 17 1/2 inches (34.7 x 44.5 cm).
    © Archivio Carol Rama, Torino.
    Photo: Stefan Altenburger.

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  • René Magritte.
    La condition humaine, 1935.
    Oil on canvas,
    10 1/8 x 8 inches (25.6 x 20.4 cm).
    © 2018 C. Herscovici, Brussels / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
    Photo: Tim Nighswander / IMAGING4ART.

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Publications

Selected Press

Artforum | "Intimate Infinite: Imagine A Journey"

October 30, 2018

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October 21, 2018

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October 19, 2018

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The Art Newspaper | Three exhibitions to see in New York

October 11, 2018

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The Brooklyn Rail | Intimate Infinite: Imagine a Journey

October 3, 2018

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Wall Street International | Intimate Infinite

September 19, 2018

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Art Observed | New York – "Intimate Infinite: Imagine A Journey” Curated by Brett Gorvy at Lévy Gorvy Through October 24th, 2018

September 14, 2018

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September 13, 2018

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ArtDaily | Lévy Gorvy opens first exhibition organized by co-founder Brett Gorvy

September 12, 2018

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Artforum | Intimate Infinite: Imagine A Journey

September 12, 2018

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September 4, 2018

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September 4, 2018

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Widewalls | An Exploration of the Sublime by 27 Artists at Lévy Gorvy

August 30, 2018

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August 30, 2018

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Blouin Artinfo | Intimate Infinite: Imagine A Journey at Lévy Gorvy, New York

August 29, 2018

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