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America's Living Master
Jack Levine
8.75 x 11.5 P.B. 44pgs.
$25.00 - 1-60052-011-1

Mr. Levine's style was unique, raw and explosive. He became well known for his unflinchingly satirical eye and merciless portrayals of crooked politicians, corrupt cops, and other players on the urban stage. A formidable grasp of art history and technique enabled him to achieve qualities of opaqueness, transparency and luminosity that recalled the Old Masters he studied and greatly admired. By the late 1930's Levine's brand of Social Realism and Expressionism set him apart from his contemporaries and established him in the top rank of American painters.

While employed by the WPA (1935-1937), his paintings Card Gameand BrainTrust were exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in 1936. A year later both the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum acquired major Levine paintings -The Feast of Pure Reason and String Quartet. The artist's first one-man exhibition was held at New York's Downtown Gallery in 1938.