LEVIS FINE ART, founded in 1999, specializes in the acquisition, scholarship, exhibition and sale of American Pre and Post-War fine art on behalf of collectors, families, museums and artist’s estates.
Private Client Services
We work closely with you to acquire or divest Pre and Post-war American Modern paintings, sculpture and drawings. We have sold outstanding examples by Milton Avery, Louise Bourgeois, Beauford Delaney, Richard Diebenkorn, Sam Francis, Helen Frankenthaler, Alex Katz, Franz Kline, Elaine de Kooning, Willem de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Ibram Lassaw, Alice Neel, Theodoros Stamos, Tom Wesselman and others to private collectors and museums. We listen carefully to your specific needs and goals, whether it involves a single work or an entire collection.
Acquisitions: Our commitment is to search for the best examples of an artist’s oeuvre that would be considered “fresh to market” and with strong provenance. These artworks are often from private collections or artist’s estates and have been coveted and "off market" for many years.
Sales: We have a solid track record for locating and privately selling the best examples of an artist’s work (which rarely are offered at auction) to discerning collectors and museums for their true value, often far in excess the current auction market record for an artist. It is well-known that the best examples which warrant the highest prices are often sold privately. Yet in some instances, there are certain compelling legal or market factors to consider auction.
As your advisor, we pride ourselves in identifying the optimal selling venue based on a number of factors, and we negotiate the best terms on your behalf. This translates to higher net proceeds to you than otherwise if you approached them directly.
Artist’s Estates and Legacies
In addition to our Private Client Services, Levis Fine Art represents or actively deals in the estates or artistic legacies of Elaine de Kooning, Dorothy Dehner, Beauford Delaney, Herbert Gentry, Maurice Golubov, Grace Hartigan, Elaine de Kooning, Ibram Lassaw, Walter Plate, Hedda Sterne, Theodoros Stamos, Albert Wein and several other mid-century artists. All were highly respected by their more famous peers, critics and museums, but for the most part are still relatively unknown by most collectors today. The reasons for their underserved obscurity are diverse, and go beyond gender and color, allowing us to present significant opportunities for a wide range of collectors and museums.
We have supported important scholarship and held numerous solo and group exhibitions of paintings and sculpture by these artists over the past 10 years. These efforts have been important catalysts for museum exhibitions, including the 2008 retrospective Albert Wein; An American Modernist at the Boston Athenaeum more recently The National Portrait Gallery’s show, Elaine de Kooning: Portraits, March 13, 2015-January 15, 2016.
Our Greater Commitment to The World Of Art
Levis Fine Art supports the Archives of American Art in their effort to create, rescue and preserve important records of American Artists. We support The Art Loss Register in its efforts to recover stolen artwork, and we also support the International Foundation for Art Research, a not-for-profit educational and research organization dedicated to the integrity in the visual arts.
I look forward to working with you,
Jim Levis, President
Levis Fine Art holds viewings, by appointment only at The Fortress in Long Island City.
Please contact me to schedule a viewing.
Jim Levis - Principal