Matvey Levenstein
Matvey Levenstein
October 14 - November 12, 2005

Larissa Goldston Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Matvey Levenstein. These paintings continue his investigation of both the possibilities and the limitations of autonomous painting. While Levenstein's previous work was filled with chronicles of family, history and bourgeoisie, the new paintings barely suggest a narrative. These interior scenes seek detachment and independence from the outside world. Situated in two rooms of a small New York apartment, the subject matter focuses on the present moment and explores the physical presence of the paintings themselves. As in traditional painting, photography, or even film, these paintings become fictional scenes within real spaces, achieving a cinematic quality of quasi-reality.

Built slowly, layer by layer, Levenstein's paintings are not obviously gestural but have an elusive touch. The surfaces are often soft, polished, and illuminated, yet convey an underlying emotional intensity.

Born and raised in Moscow, Matvey Levenstein received his MFA degree from Yale University, and holds a BFA degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Levenstein currently lives and works in New York City and has exhibited his work in solo and group exhibitions both in New York and internationally. He has received numerous grants including the Rome Prize (2003), the Penny McCall Foundation Award (2002) and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Studio Grant (1998-99). His exhibitions have been reviewed in Artforum, The Village Voice, Flash Art and The Miami Herald. This is his first exhibition at the gallery.

NORTH ROOM: Elizabeth Murray

For years Elizabeth Murray has been making abstractions that are lively and filled with her sense of humor about life, marriage, and motherhood. On view will be a selection of recent and past prints made at Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE).

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