Tom Levine Oil Painting on Linen "Opus 83 No. 5"
An oil painting on linen titled Opus 83 No. 5 by renowned contemporary American artist Tom Levine (b. 1945), dated 1990. This work is comprised of two trapezoidal canvases affixed together, forming a larger hexagonal composition. The work features a brown rectangular shape in the center, surrounding by a milky beige background. The central shape is painted with layered pigments of varied opacity. Because the two affixed canvases form a larger hexagonal shape, the area where the canvases meet create the illusion of a corner edge three-dimensionally projecting into the viewer’s space. The artist’s large rectangular planes of color and hazy edges recall the Color Field paintings of Abstract Expressionist Mark Rothko. This work is titled and signed to the verso; a label is also attached to the verso including the medium and dimensions of the work.
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Tom Levine is the younger brother of the Metropolitan Opera’s music director James Levine. Known for a focus on basic formal elements like line, color, and shape, the artist’s work has been collected and exhibited by many institutions including the Museum of Modern Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; the Cincinnati Art Museum; and Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center, to name a few. Levine currently lives and work in New York City.
- height at the center: 28.5".