BIOGRAPHY

JACK LEVINE

(1915 - 2010)

Jack Levine was an American Social Realist painter and printmaker best known for his satires on modern life, political corruption, and biblical narratives. Born to Lithuanian Jewish parents, Levine grew up in the South End of Boston, where he observed a street life composed of European immigrants and a prevalence of poverty and societal ills, subjects that would inform his work. He first studied drawing with Harold K. Zimmerman from 1924-1931. At Harvard University from 1929 to 1933, Levine and classmate Hyman Bloom studied with Denman Ross. In 1923, Ross included Levine's drawings in an exhibition at the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard, and three years later bequeathed 20 drawings by Levine to the museum's collections. Levine's early work was most influenced by Bloom, Chaim Soutine, George Rouault, and Oskar Kokoschka. Along with Bloom and Karl Zerbe, he became associated with the style known as Boston Expressionism. 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:

2005

Jack Levine at 90, DC Moore Gallery, New York, 2005

2004

American Expressionism: Art and Social Change, 1920s - 1950s, Columbus Museum of Art, OH. 

Traveling to: Portland Art Museum, OR; 

Kennedy Galleries, New York, NY; 

Block Museum at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, May 2003 - May 2004

1999

Contemporary American Masters: The 1960’s, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY

1999

Jack Levine, Etchings and Lithographs, The Century Club, New York, NY

1999

Jack Levine, Etchings and Lithographs, Brooklyn Museum of Art

1997

Jack Levine and Ruth Gikow, George Krevsky Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

1997

Views from Abroad: European Perspectives on American Art 3 - American Realities, curated by Nicholas Serota & Sandy Nairne, Tate Gallery, London and Adam D. Weinberg, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

1993

In the Classical Vein: Works from the Permanent Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

1992

Figurative Works from the Permanent Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

1992

Jack Levine, Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, ME

1991

Art of the Forties, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

1990

Chagall to Kitaj: Jewish Experience in the Art of the 20th Century, Barbican Art Gallery, Barbican Center, London, England

1990

Men of Rebellion: The Eight and their Associates, The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

1979 - 1980

Jack Levine: Retrospective Exhibition - Paintings, Drawings, Graphics, The Jewish Museum, New York, NY, 1979. 

Traveled to: Norton Gallery and School of Art, West Palm Beach, FL, 1979

Brooks Memorial Art Gallery, Memphis, TN, 1979

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL, 1979 Portland Museum of Art, Portland, OR, 1979; 

Minnesota Museum of Art, St. Paul, MN, 1979-80