Gallerist, advisor, collector Dominique Lévy formed her eponymous gallery in January 2013. She is formerly the founder and International Director of the Private Sales department at Christie’s from 1999 to 2003, where she brokered the sale of major works of modern, postwar, and contemporary art, placing many in important museum and private collections. In 2003, she continued to increase her influence in the international art world when she founded Dominique Lévy Fine Art, a boutique art advisory service with a focus on building long-term relationships with collectors. In 2005, Lévy co-founded L&M Arts, New York and Los Angeles. The bi-coastal gallery became widely known for its comprehensive client services and commitment to historically important exhibitions exploring tendencies in modern and postwar art as well as critically acclaimed new work by such artists as David Hammons and Paul McCarthy. Lévy is considered a foremost expert in twentieth-century European and American art — specializing in the works of Alexander Calder, Willem de Kooning, Alberto Giacometti, Yves Klein, Pablo Picasso, and Andy Warhol amongst others — and is admired internationally as the organizer of curated exhibitions devoted to influential historical figures as well as living artists. Dominique Lévy Gallery also specializes in private sales in the secondary market; produces original scholarship and key publications; provides advisory and collection management services; and participates in art fairs internationally.
In September 2013, Dominique Lévy Gallery opened its space in the historic landmark building at 909 Madison Avenue in Manhattan with the critically acclaimed exhibition Audible Presence: Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Cy Twombly, which was accompanied by the first public performance in New York of Yves Klein’s seminal Monotone Silence Symphony. The gallery currently represents the Estate of Yves Klein, the Estate of Roman Opalka, and the Estate of Germaine Richier in the United States, as well as artists Enrico Castellani, Frank Stella, Pierre Soulages, and Günther Uecker.
In 2014, Dominique Lévy has presented a survey of work by the Berlin-based Ukrainian photographer Boris Mikhailov; first monographic exhibition of Richier’s work in the U.S. in over 50 years; and a monographic exhibition of Soulages, juxtaposing new large-scale paintings with postwar masterworks by the legendary French master. In conjunction with this show, Dominique Lévy has published the book Soulages in America, exploring the artist’s work in the 1950s and 60s, delving into his presence and prominence in the U.S. during the heyday of Abstract Expressionism, the central art movement of postwar America. In the summer of 2014, Dominique Lévy Gallery presented a collaborative artists’ project, titled “Hypothesis for an Exhibition,” curated by Begum Yasar. Inspired by the work of the Italian conceptualist Giulio Paolini, the project was comprised of an exhibition and an extensive publication dedicated to the work of the participating artists. The project explored the parallels in thought and aesthetic strategies between Paolini’s work, especially of the 1960s and the ’70s, and the work of a group of younger generation of artists based in New York today.
The Estate of Yves Klein
The Estate of Germaine Richier
The Estate of Roman Opalka