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Anthology / Levine, Les, editor; Denby E; Berkson B; Ashbery J; Acconci V; Williams E; Perreault J; Schjeldahl P; Waldman A; Saroyan A; Giorno J; Koch K., 1968

Identifier: CC-43811-45907

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Scope and Contents

This work consists of poems embossed on clear celluloid by various writers. One of the prints is a version of Aram Saroyan's "eyeye." The tirage is unknown. Born in Dublin, Les Levine attended art school in London and emigrated to Canada in 1958. Levine began working in New York in the early sixties and is one of the first artists to be known as a "media artist." His first videotapes were produced in 1964. Since the, he has had over 100 exhibitions in the United States and has participated in such groundbreaking international exhibitions as Documenta 77. His work has been collected by most major contemporary art museums. Levine's most famous projects include his Irish-Jewish Canadian restaurant (New York, 1969), his imaginary "Museum of Mott Art" and his billboards with the slogan "Sex Won't Save You." Levine has been called the founder of media art, but his intent has been to question societal and cultural norms in innovative ways rather than to simply advance the use of technology in art-making. The artist has been known to use crayons as well as photography and video for his witty, provocative, and occasionally controversial works. Bloody Sunday is part of a series of photographic works Levine made from news images; this image is actually labeled "Mrs. Young (Catholic) is consoled by neighbors after hearing her son, John, was shot on 'Bloody Suday.'" -- Source of annotation: Marvin or Ruth Sackner.


  • Creation: 1968



0 See container summary (12 prints (celluloid, embossed)) ; each 34 x 34 x 2 cm

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Physical Location

box shelf

Custodial History

The Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, on loan from Ruth and Marvin A. Sackner and the Sackner Family Partnership.


Published: New York : Museum of Modern Art. Nationality of creator: Irish. General: Added by: CONV; updated by: MARVIN.

Repository Details

Part of the The Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry Repository

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