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.
Artist’s Estates and Legacies:
In addition to our Private Client Services, Levis Fine Art represents or actively deals with the artists' estates or legacies of Elaine de Kooning, Dorothy Dehner, Beauford Delaney, Maurice Golubov, Grace Hartigan, Ibram Lassaw, Alice Neel, Walter Plate, Hedda Sterne, Theodoros Stamos and Albert Wein. All were highly respected by their more famous peers, critics and museums, but for the most part are still relatively unknown to most collectors today. The reasons for their undeserved obscurity are diverse, sometimes going even beyond gender and color, allowing us to present significant opportunities for a wide range of collectors and museums.
We support important scholarship and have held numerous solo and group exhibitions of paintings and sculpture by these artists over the last 20 years. These efforts have been important catalysts for museum exhibitions, including the 2008 retrospective Albert Wein; An American Modernist at the Boston Athenaeum and more recently, The National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition, Elaine de Kooning: Portraits, March 13, 2015-January 15, 2016, Knoxville Museum of Art's Beauford Delaney and James Baldwin: Through the Unusual Door, February 7 to October 25, 2020. We have recently commissioned additional additional scholarship on Alice Neel by Phoebe Hoban and on Elaine de Kooning by Ellen Landau, two highly recognized scholars.
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 also support The Art Loss Register in its efforts to recover stolen artwork and we support the International Foundation for Art Research, an 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 UOVO fine art storage and exhibition center in Long Island City..
Please contact us at 646-620-5000 to schedule a viewing.
Jim Levis - Principal