Laura Levine
gallery head's up!
MoMA - Looking at Music 3.0
posted: February 16, 2011
I'm very pleased to announce that my photographs are featured in Looking at Music 3.0, which opens today and runs through June 6 at the Museum of Modern Art. I am also releasing a special print edition of one of my images in the show.

Looking at Music 3.0 explores the influence of music on contemporary art practices in New York in the 1980s and 1990s.

The show includes works by Laurie Anderson, the Beastie Boys, Keith Haring, Laura Levine, Christian Marclay, Brian Eno, David Byrne, John Zorn, Steven Parrino, Kathleen Hanna and Le Tigre, Run DMC, Lee Quinones, Miranda July, Run-DMC, Kraftwerk, Sonic Youth, Tony Oursler, the Residents, Spike Jonze, Afrika Bambaataa, Spike Lee, Karen Finley, Diamanda Galas, John Kelly, et. al., as well as a related film series. The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, The Yoshiko and Akio Morita Media Gallery, second floor. The exhibition is organized by Barbara London, Associate Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art.   In conjunction with the show I'll be releasing a limited edition archival pigment ink print of my 1981 portrait of Tina Weymouth & Grandmaster Flash, one of the images in the show. The photo was originally shot for the cover of the New York Rocker back in 1981.

For the run of the show, a special edition of Tina Weymouth & Grandmaster Flash, NYC, 1981 is available at a special price, starting at $95. Each archival pigment print in this limited edition is printed on Cansone Platine Fibre Rag paper, numbered, titled and hand-signed by the artist. Print purchasing info here and here.

The image is also available as a signed limited edition silver gelatin photographic print - please contact Laura Levine at laura@lauralevine.com for more info.
 
Tina Weymouth and Grandmaster Flash, NYC, 1981. Photo © Laura Levine

Veronica Lake in BLAB! show
posted: March 24, 2010
detail, Veronica Lake, acrylic on birch panel, 48" x 24" (diptych), 2005 © Laura Levine
Veronica Lake, acrylic on birch panel, 48" x 24" (diptych), 2005 © Laura Levine
I'm pleased to be exhibiting my work in BLAB! A Retrospective, which opens at the Museum of American Illustration/Society of Illustrators in New York City this Friday March 26th. I've been a regular contributor to Monte Beauchamp's BLAB! for about ten years now, and it's probably my favorite venue in that I really get to stretch my visual as well as literary wings. Most of the pieces I've done for BLAB! are long-form non-fiction narratives - what I call documentary illustration - and can take up to six months of to complete. They usually start with some sort of spark or personal connection and then I delve deeply into the subject, which often involves months of historical and biographical research.

The piece I'll be showing, Veronica Lake, evolved from a chance event. As some of you know, on the weekends in the summertime I run a vintage/junk/oddities shop up in the Catskills called Homer & Langley's Mystery Spot Antiques (Homer & Langley Collyer were also a BLAB! subject for me, but that's another story for another time). I have a lot of unusual vintage items for sale, as well as items that are not for sale - everything from Petey the Petrified Piranha to Desdemona the Devil Girl of Phoenicia. The Mystery Spot is part odditorium/part shop.

One day, one of my regular customers came in and told me that via a long series of odd circumstances, he ended up with a teaspoonful of Veronica Lake's ashes, and he offered to loan them to us for a short period of time. Now, I've been a huge fan of Veronica Lake since I first saw her in Sullivan's Travels - one of Hollywood's finest comediennes, but also, oh my, possessed of a stunning beauty that I've never seen anyone in Hollywood come close to since. Well, one thing led to another. I built a small shrine, hosted a Veronica Lake Day, etc. After a few weeks the ashes were returned to their caretaker and everything settled back to normal.

But in the meantime I'd become fascinated with Veronica. Her life was not an easy one - in fact, it was quite difficult and yes, cinematic - and I decided to research it further and tell the story of her life in words and pictures.

So that's the story behind my contribution to the exhibit. Some of the other artists who will be represented in the show include (sorry, I don't have a complete list):

Gary Baseman
Tim Biskup
Sue Coe
Chris Ware
Brian Cronin
Christian Northeast
SHAG!
The Clayton Brothers
Steven Guarnaccia
Nora Krug
Drew Friedman
Peter Kuper
Laura Levine
Andrea Dezso
David Goldin
Edel Rodriguez
Sergio Ruzzier
David Sandlin
Martin Wittfooth
Michael Bartalos
Calef Brown
Marc Burckhardt
Greg Clarke
Douglas Fraser
Geoffrey Grahn
Marc Rosenthal
Bob Staake
Owen Smith
Gary Taxali
Ryan Heshka
Mark Todd
Esther Pearl Watson
John Pound
Jonathon Rosen
Elvis Studio
and MANY, MANY MORE.

OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION: Friday, March 26th, 6-9 PM; the show runs through May 1, 2010
WHERE: Society of Illustrators, 128 East 63rd Street, NYC
FOR MORE INFORMATION: 212-838-2560  ///  www.societyillustrators.org - Laura Levine
Veronica Lake, acrylic on birch panel, 48" x 24" (diptych), 2005 © Laura Levine
Veronica Lake, acrylic on birch panel, 48" x 24" (diptych), 2005 © Laura Levine
detail, Veronica Lake, acrylic on birch panel, 48" x 24" (diptych), 2005 © Laura Levine
Homer & Langley Collyer
posted: November 30, 2009
NEW PRINT RELEASE. I'm pleased to announce a new limited edition print release, The Collyer Brothers.  The original piece first appeared in Blab! in 2001.

Like many New Yorkers, I grew up fascinated by the legend of Homer and Langley Collyer, the reclusive hoarders who were tragically crushed under their 136-ton accumulation of booby-trapped "collectibles" in the 1940s. As a child, my mother warned me that I might end up like one of the Collyer Brothers if I didn't clean up my room. (Did I listen? Read on.....).

Over the years I grew more obsessed with their story, and in 2001 I spent several months researching, writing and painting this piece, a diptych on an antique blanket chest cover. The original painting is not for sale, but due to many requests (and happily coinciding with the publication E.L. Doctorow's new book, Homer & Langley), I have decided to produce a limited edition print, which I'm pleased to offer at a special introductory price for the holidays.

This large limited edition archival pigment ink print is printed on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag 308 gsm 100% cotton rag paper, signed and numbered on front by the artist in pencil. It is available in two sizes.

Edition Size: 50
Paper Size: 24" x 18"
Image Size: 22" x 11"
Price: $350.* plus $15. U.S. shipping/handling (shipped in a sturdy tube) - * special offer through Dec. 31, 2009

(There will also be an extra-large size available for $600. - please email us for details.)

Please visit my online gallery to place an order.

Other prints as well as original paintings are available on my Illogator site for holiday gift giving starting at $45.

p.s. As far as my mother's warnings.....nine years ago I opened my own "Shrine to Clutter," a seven-room packed-to-the-rafters vintage junk and oddities shop in Phoenicia, NY, named, naturally, for my inspiration: Homer & Langley's Mystery Spot Antiques.


This is the piece in its entirety.
A detail view.
Another detail view.
'Who Shot Rock' Opening
posted: November 2, 2009
Whenever you get a bunch of photographers in a room together, eventually they're going to start shooting each other. It's just our way. We may have elbowed each other in the photo pit now and then in the past in order to get the best shot of whoever was performing onstage, but there's a great love and history and camraderie among us. Probably not too different from soldiers who served in the trenches together. If you think about it, there aren't too many of us.

So it was a great thrill to attend the opening of Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present, the exhibition curated by photo historian Gail Buckland at the Brooklyn Museum the other night. Not just to see our work on the walls, and to hear Blondie perform in the Great Hall, but to have a chance to see each other again. As well as - for me, at least - to meet some of the legendary names I'd heard of for years but had never met.

Probably the biggest kick for me personally was to meet Al Wertheimer, the man who took what is in my opinion the best rock & roll photo ever. You know the one....Elvis Tongue Kissing the Girl on the Stairwell. Al told me that he'd had mere seconds to grab that shot of Presley and his fan in the dark fire stairs behind the stage. That image is so raw, and so perfect on so many levels. I just love it.

One of my favorite moments was catching Al Wertheimer and Daniel Kramer taking photos of each other. (Kramer took those iconic photos of Bob Dylan when he was at his most beautiful, in my opinion). And then, while I was shooting them shooting each other, photographer Danny Clinch started to shoot them as well, so I shot Danny shooting Dan shooting Al. This is what happens when there are no rock stars in the room - we become the portrait subjects for the night. We probably drove the museum guards crazy, as taking photographs inside the exhibition was verboten, but we weren't going to let a few rules stop us.

It was great to see my friends and colleagues Lynn Goldsmith, Ebet Roberts, Bob Gruen, Julia Gorton, Stephanie Chernikowski, and to spot Godlis, Roberta Bayley, and Marcia Resnick. I was so happy to meet Bob Seideman (who did THAT Blind Faith album cover), and to see Allen Tannenbaum, who, when he was photo editor of the Soho Weekly News back in the mid-70s, hired me for my very first professional photo assignment when I was sixteen (of a Leslie West/Mountain concert). I'm sure I missed a ton of peple I would've loved to have seen or met.

I was honored not only to have my work included in this exibition, but to be hanging in the same exhibit as Richard Avedon and Diane Arbus. (Arbus's work is what inspired me to become a photographer, when I was fourteen).

The reception was great fun - hot dogs, popcorn, pretzels, beer and wine. Blondie (Debbie Harry in a jet black flapper pin curl wig) were amazing. The Great Hall was packed. Thousands of people standing among art and antiquities as Blondie rocked the house. My friend Chris Stein of Blondie had two of my favorite pieces in the show, crazy fumetti he did with John Holstrom for PUNK magazine.

The show runs through January 31, 2010 and then goes to four other museum after Brooklyn. I know I'll be going back for another visit, as there was so much to take in.

(By the way, in conjunction with their inclusion in the show, I'm offering archival pigment ink prints of my Bjork and R.E.M. images at a special celebratory price through the holidays - click here for more info.)
My eight year-old cousin Anna was THE rockstar of the evening. When the invitation says "rock & roll attire encouraged," she does NOT mess around!
My dear friend Lisa Cortes checks out some of my work. The curator of the show tried to include as many vintage prints as possible, so she chose this 8 x 10 personal print that was hanging on my wall - one that Bjork had signed to me - as opposed to a larger "gallery" print.
Legendary Presley photographer Al Wertheimer gives my photo of R.E.M. at Walter's Bar-B-Que his seal of approval!
Al Wertheimer shot by Daniel Kramer shot by Danny Clinch shot by Laura Levine.
I was so happy to see my good friend Lynn Goldsmith, and we celebrated the fact that our pages in the book are across from each other.
Lynn has this crazy-ass Camera-Extendo-Arm on her camera so was able to shoot self-portraits of us.
This photo doesn't even start to depict how packed it was.
This comes closer. Somewhere up there onstage is Blondie.
Me and my friend Bob Gruen in front of a partial contact sheet of his famous John Lennon portrait. One of the most interesting things about the exhibit was the behind-the-scenes stories of the photographs. For example, Bob shot four rolls of Lennon that day but two rolls were lost. The famous image of Bob Dylan and Suze Rotolo walking down Thompson Street by Don Hunstein? The original slide has long disappeared.
Proof that my work is on the same wall as Richard Avedon's! (My Bjork is far left, his Beatles are far right).
Dear old dad!
Me outside the Brooklyn Museum.
Brooklyn Museum show - Who Shot Rock & Roll
posted: October 14, 2009
R.E.M., Walter's Bar-B-Que, Athens, GA, 1984 © Laura Levine
Bjork, Woodstock, NY, 1991 © Laura Levine
I'm pleased to announce that I will be participating in the exhibition Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present at the Brooklyn Museum. The show opens to the public on October 30, 2009 and runs through January 31, 2010. Curated by photo historian Gail Buckland, and featuring approximately 175 works by 105 photographers, Who Shot Rock & Roll is the first major museum exhibition on rock and roll to put photographers in the foreground, acknowledging their creative and collaborative role in the history of rock music.

The exhibition and companion book include two of my favorite portraits, of Bjork and R.E.M. To mark this event, I am making signed fine art prints of both these images available through a special offer. (Please see below for details).

Although there will be a preview reception on Oct. 29th, unfortunately it is open to museum members only. Blondie is performing. My suggestion, if you'd like to attend the private members' preview and are not already a member, is to sign up for museum membership ($55.). I believe a member can bring a guest (but you may wish to confirm with them). You can find the preview and membership information here.
SPECIAL PRINT OFFER In honor of their inclusion in the Brooklyn Museum exhibition, I'm making editions of two of my favorite photographs - Bjork, Woodstock, NY, 1991 and R.E.M., Walter's Bar-B-Que, Athens, GA, 1984 - available as signed archival digital pigment ink prints. Up until recently I've only made silver gelatin (darkroom) prints of my photographs directly from the negative, but I've been collaborating with a wonderful digital printer whose work is exceptional and quite honestly you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference between one of these luscious prints and a traditional silver print.

Between now and the end of the holiday season I am pleased to offer these prints at a special discount to my friends and collectors, available in two sizes:

8 x 10 inches, $150. (+ 10. US shipping)  - or - 11 x 14 inches, $250. (+ 15 US shipping)

Each fine art print in these open editions is made with archival pigment inks on Harman gloss paper and will be individually hand-signed and titled by Laura Levine.

This offer is only for a limited time. After December 31, the prints will be available at their regular prices,  $250 and $350.

To place an order or read the stories behind these images, please click here or go to http://www.illogator.com/lauralevine

For those of you interested in traditional silver gelatin prints in limited editions, they are also available: 11 x 14/$950 (edition of 75) and 16 x 20/$1200 (edition of 50) - also signed, dated - and numbered. Please contact me directly at laura@lauralevine.com if you have any questions about silver prints, pigment prints, other available images, payment methods or overseas orders. Please allow a couple of weeks for delivery.

To see more photographs, please click here.
Featured photographers in the Brooklyn Museum exhibition include:
 
Amy Arbus, Richard Avedon, Ray Avery, David Bailey, Roberta Bayley, Peter Beste, Adrian Boot, Justin Borucki, Patti Boyd, Ed Caraeff, Stephanie Chernikowski, Danny Clinch, Anton Corbijn, David Corio, Kevin Cummins, Henry Diltz, Alain Dister, George DuBose, Andy Earl, Barry Feinstein, Danny Fields, Nat Finkelstein, Glen E. Friedman, Jill Furmanovsky, David Gahr, Godlis, Lynn Goldsmith, Harry Goodwin, Julia Gorton, Jean-Paul Goude, Bob Gruen, Andreas Gursky, Ross Halfin, Hipgnosis, Dennis Hopper, Don Hunstein, Marvin Israel, Art Kane, Richard Kern, Daniel Kramer, David LaChapelle, Elliott Landy, Michael Lavine, Lisa Law, Annie Leibowitz, Jean-Pierre Leloir, , Laura Levine, Ari Marcopoulos, Maripol, Jim Marshall, Elaine Mayes, Linda McCartney, Ryan McGinley, Dennis Morris, Shawn Mortensen, Terry O’Neill, Jean-Marie Perier, Charles Peterson, Ricky Powell, Michael Putland, William “Popsie” Randolph, Marcia Resnick, Ebet Roberts, Mick Rock, Ethan Russell, Jerry Schatzberg, Hannes Schmid, Stephane Sednaoui, Bob Seidemann, Mark Seliger, Stephen Shames, Lloyd Shearer, Kate Simon, Hedi Slimane, Pennie Smith, Gloria Stavers, Chris Stein, Ray Stevenson, Mayayoshi Sukita, Allan Tannenbaum, Edmund Teske, Storm Thorgerson, Ian Tilton, Philip Townsend, Albert Watson, Guy Webster, Barrie Wentzell, Alfred Wertheimer, Kevin Westenberg, Robert Whitaker, Timothy White, Ernest C. Withers, and Baron Wolman.
 
Featured subjects include:
 
The B-52s, The Beatles, Chuck Berry, Bjork, Blondie, David Bowie, Bow Wow Wow, James Brown, Johnny Cash, Nick Cave, Exene Cervenka, Eric Clapton, The Clash, Kurt Cobain, Elvis Costello, The Cramps, The Dead Boys, P. Diddy, The Doors, Bob Dylan, Marianne Faithful, Aretha Franklin, Alan Freed, Fugazi, Jerry Garcia, Bill Haley, Debbie Harry, Richard Hell, Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Holly, Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, Jay-Z, Brian Jones, Grace Jones, Janis Joplin, Joy Division, KISS, Gladys Knight, Led Zep, John Lennon, Little Richard, LL Cool J, Madonna, The Mamas and the Papas, Marilyn Manson, Bob Marley, Paul McCartney, Freddy Mercury, Metallica, Method Man, Morrissey, Jim Morrison, New York Dolls, Notorious B.I.G., Oasis, Wilson Pickett, Pink Floyd, The Police, Iggy Pop, Elvis Presley, The Pretenders, Prince, The Prodigy, Radiohead, The Ramones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, R.E.M., Keith Richards, The Ronettes, Rolling Stones, Henry Rollins, Axl Rose, Run-DMC, Salt n Pepa, Sex Pistols, Tupac Shakur,  Sid & Nancy, Patti Smith, Sonic Youth, The Specials, Buffalo Springfield, Bruce Springsteen, Sly Stone, Joe Strummer, Talking Heads, Pete Townsend, Ike & Tina Turner, U2, Velvet Underground, Bunny Wailer, The White Stripes, The Who, Amy Winehouse, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, and Frank Zappa.


The Brooklyn Museum
Location: 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York 11238-6052
Telephone: (718) 638-5000
Admission: Suggested Contribution: $10; Students with Valid ID: $6; Adults 62 and over: $6; Members: Free; Children under 12: Free
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interview about R.E.M./Who Shot Rock & Roll
posted: September 4, 2009
Here's a snappy little interview I just did in advance of the Brooklyn Museum exhibition/Knopf book curated and edited by Gail Buckland, entitled "Who Shot Rock and Roll: A Photographic History 1955 to the Present." The Brooklyn show opens October 30, and  I'll be posting more about it as it nears, but meantime here's a little behind-the-scenes interview I did with Sara Rosen about one of my photographs in the exhibition/book.

Laura Levine is a visual artist who has pursued a variety of projects in independent filmmaking, photography, television animation, fine art and illustration. Her work has recently been included in the Backstage Pass: Rock and Roll Photography exhibition at the Portland Museum of Art, and is in the permanent collection of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Her work has appeared in magazines such as Rolling Stone, The New York Rocker and Sounds UK. Levine’s paintings and photographs have been exhibited worldwide at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, The House of Blues, and the Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Rome, the Museum of American Illustration and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Levine discusses her work, R.E.M., Walter’s Bar-B-Que, Athens, Georgia, 1984, selected for publication in Who Shot Rock & Roll by Gail Buckland (Knopf, October 2009, $40).
How did you first get into photography and what attracted you to rock and roll as a subject? Laura Levine: Seeing a Diane Arbus exhibit at MOMA when I was fourteen pretty much changed my life. I left the museum thinking, “I want to do that.” I was initially drawn to documentary photography and photojournalism, and in fact that’s what I thought I’d end up doing. Although I was born in Brooklyn, I grew up in New York’s Chinatown/Lower East Side, where I started out doing mostly street photography in the 70s. In college I was the photo editor of the Harvard Crimson and when I was twenty I did a summer photography internship at the Washington Post. After graduation I interned at the Village Voice. I’d always loved rock and roll, of course, and slowly but surely I began to focus more on music, shooting bands onstage and backstage at clubs. I eventually ended up as the chief photographer and photo editor of the New York Rocker in the early 80s and by then had decided to focus exclusively on music portraiture. In the book, Gail Buckland mentions that you were friends with R.E.M. How did you come to connect with them? I met R.E.M. when I was assigned to shoot them in 1982. We’d already known of each other through mutual friends in the indie music world. They came over to my apartment in Chinatown and it was simply one of those magical sessions that happen now and then where we instantly hit it off.  After the shoot we went out for dinner to a Chinese restaurant and the rest, as they say, is history. I ended up not only becoming good friends with them and going on the road with them countless times, but made a film with them and my other musician friends in Athens called Just Like a Movie. What were your experiences like touring with them R.E.M. in the early days? Touring with R.E.M. was an adventure. When they first started out playing clubs they traveled in a van. Everyone crammed into the van together and the guys and their manager would take turns driving. We stayed in seedy motels—sometimes four to a room—and I had a blast. But I’m glad I didn’t have to do it for more than a week at a time—I would have gone mad! But for short excursions here and there it was great fun. Once the band started playing larger venues, they moved up to a tour bus and driver, which was much more elegant.  I was backstage with them the first time they appeared on the David Letterman show, onstage with them the first time they played a big arena (as an opening act), at record-signings, their homes, etc. They included me in everything, with total access, and of course I had my camera with me at all times. Michael Stipe and I also did a lot of photo sessions on our own, experimenting with lighting, photography and portraiture and collaborating in the truest sense of the word. How would you describe the music scene back then? What was it like to be a photographer at this time? I’m so thankful that I was shooting bands at that time. For one, this was before digital photography, so everything I shot has been preserved on film. Secondly, I was able to do my work before the music industry changed to the point where style seemed to take precedence over substance…before the rise of the celebrity culture. As time went on, labels and management began to tightly control access to their artists and insisted on photo approval. As hair, makeup and styling played a bigger role, music photography became more akin to fashion photography. That’s when I started to get out.  Lastly, the music was incredible. This is not to say that there still aren’t amazing images and music being made today, but it was less self-conscious back then. In the days before the Internet and digital photography, when content was seemingly limited to those with access, the creation of images played a massive role in the music. How does your work contribute to this archive? I’d like to think that people appreciate my photographs not only as intimate glimpses into the lives and personalities of the musicians they admire, but also as works of fine art which stand up on their own as portraits no matter who the subject was. As a photographer, my goal was to somehow make a personal connection with my subject, and share what I saw with the viewer. I tried to bring my feelings about my subjects —admiration, love, humor, respect —to my photos, so people could see what I saw in them.
Portland Museum of Art exhibit opens Jan. 22
posted: January 19, 2009
Joan Jett, NYC, 1981 Laura Levine
I'm very pleased to be participating in Backstage Pass: Rock & Roll Photography, an exhibition at the Portland Museum of Art in Maine, which will opens Jan. 22 and runs through March 22, 2009. The exhibition was drawn from the largest private collection of photographs of rock musicians in the United States.

About 20 of my images from the collection will be included in the exhibit, which also features work by Lee Friedlander, William Claxton, Jim Marshall, Mick Rock, Kate Simon, Lynn Goldsmith, Bob Gruen, Janette Beckman, Daniel Kramer,  Barry Feinstein, Art Kane, Elliot Landy, Terry O'Neill, Alfred Wertheimer, David Gahr, and Gerard Malanga, among others.

I also contributed an essay to the exhibition catalogue, which is being published by Yale University Press and includes essays by Glenn O'Brien, Greil Marcus, Thomas Denenberg and Anne Tucker.

The museum has some great talks lined up in conjunction with the exhibit - author Greil Marcus (Jan. 26) and the legendary Bob Ludwig (Feb. 6).
 
Here's another shot of Joan and my cat. Both were very good sports.
Red-Winged Blackbird and Wood Thrush prints released today
posted: December 16, 2008
20x200 is releasing two new prints from the Tweet Suite: Birds of North America series today - Wood Thrush and Red-Winged Blackbird.

Prints are $20, $50, and $200, and are produced with archival pigment ink on 100% cotton rag paper. Enter the code free2xship50 at checkout when you purchase two of their $50. prints for free shipping. (See their website for more info).

You can find Wood Thrush here.

You can find Red-Winged Blackbird here.

You can find more bird prints at my online Illogator gallery.

And....a new pigment ink print of one of my favorite photographs, a portrait I took of Bjork in the forest in Woodstock in 1991 (which is being offered at a crazy-low holiday-only price) can be found here.

Thanks for looking, and happy holidays!

- laura
http://www.lauralevine.com
Bjork print release for the holidays
posted: December 2, 2008
Bjork, Woodstock, NY 1991
I'm releasing a very affordable edition of one of my favorite photographs - Bjork, Woodstock, NY, 1991 - as a signed archival digital pigment ink print. Up until now I've only made silver gelatin (darkroom) prints of my photographs directly from the negative, but I've been collaborating with a wonderful digital printer whose work is exceptional and quite honestly you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference between one of these luscious prints and a traditional silver print.

Between now and the end of the year we are pleased to offer this print at a special introductory price to our friends and collectors, available in two sizes:

8 x 10 inches, $75. (+ 5. US shipping) - or - 11 x 14 inches, $145. (+10 US shipping)

Each fine art print in this open edition is made with archival pigment inks on Harman gloss paper and will be individually hand-signed and titled by the photographer.

You can order it on Illogator.

This offer is only for a limited time. After December 31, the print will be available at its regular price, which will be $250 and $350.

Please contact me directly if you have any questions about silver prints, pigment prints, other available images, payment methods (we also accept checks) or overseas orders. Please allow a couple of weeks for delivery.

To place an order or read the story behind this image, please click here:
http://www.illogator.com/lauralevine/?section=browse_gallery&gallery_id=417&item_id=4446
East Village/LES Show at Varga Gallery in Woodstock, NY
posted: September 11, 2008
Madonna, NYC, 1982
My 1982 portrait of Madonna taken for Interview Magazine will be part of what promises to be a huge retrospective of the East Village/Lower East Side art show which opens this weekend at the Varga Gallery in Woodstock. Several of my early 80s photographic portraits will be included in show. This brings back fond memories the East Village gallery scene, where I made the rounds showing at the Fun Gallery, Pompeii, Danceteria, Helio Gallery, Bridgewater Gallery, Kraine Club and P.S. 122, among others. EV/LES – A Retrospective
Saturday, September 13, 2008 – reception 6 – 9pm
through Sunday, October 5, 2008 Participating artists include: Rick Prol, Mark Kostabi, Scot Borofsky, Tuli Kupferberg, Laura Levine, David Sandlin, Rodney Alan Greenblat, Stefan Eins, Christy Rupp, FA-Q, Shalom, Arnold Mesches, Judy Glantzman, Art Guerra, Brian Gormley, Richard Hambelton , Jon Singer, Maggie Ens, Shalom Gorewitz, Anne Jepsen, Jim C., Paul McMahon, Kenichi Hiratsuka, Vee, Bronson Eden, Walter Robinson and many many others.
This Saturday, September 13th VARGA Gallery hosts an exhibit celebrating classic East Village and Lower East Side artists with an opening reception and party from 6 – 9pm. The festivities will feature live outdoor performances by Phoebe Legere, Studio Stu, Phil Void, Paul McMahon, and others.

VARGA Gallery
130 Tinker Street
Woodstock, New York
http://www.VARGAgallery.com
Joey Ramone in his kitchen, NYC, 1982
Tina Weymouth and Grandmaster Flash, NYC, 1981
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