“Empire Peaks” by Michael Leavitt at Jonathan Levine Gallery

Posted by The G on November 25, 2013 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Michael Leavitt.

Kim Jong-il vs. Jabba The Hutt

Kim Jong-il vs. Jabba The Hutt

Two years ago, I fell in love with Seattle-based artist Michael Leavitt’s work.  In a show called “The Art Army Royalty” (See pictures here.  Link will open in new window), Leavitt’s sculptures of modern art world superstars perfectly captured the essence of each artist while transforming them into the style or work each artist is most famous for.  His latest exhibit “Empire Peaks” at Jonathan Levine Gallery finds Leavitt juxtaposing Star Wars characters with celebrities and historical figures.  Every single work in the exhibit is a stroke of genius.

Hillary Clinton/Stormtrooper, Angelina Jolie/Slave Girl Leia

Hillary Clinton/Stormtrooper, Angelina Jolie/Slave Girl Leia

Che Guevarra/Boba Fett

Che Guevarra/Boba Fett

Barack Obama / Lando Calrissian

Barack Obama / Lando Calrissian

Michael Jackson / Wicket

Michael Jackson / Wicket

Mike Tyson / Darth Maul

Mike Tyson / Darth Maul

Steve Jobs/C3PO, Albert Einstein/R2D2

Steve Jobs/C3PO, Albert Einstein/R2D2

As you can see, all of these works are brilliant.  You can enjoy them without being a Star Wars fan, but if you love Star Wars, you may find yourself squealing with delight as you peruse the exhibit.  What you cannot see from these photos is the extreme detail in each figure, so I urge you to see them in person.  You have until December 21, 2013, so do not delay!  The Jonathan Levine Gallery is located at 529 West 20th Street #9E in Manhattan.

Abraham Lincoln / Han Solo

Abraham Lincoln / Han Solo

“The Art Army Royalty” by Michael Leavitt

Posted by The G on September 12, 2011 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Michael Leavitt.

Jeff Koons by Michael Leavitt

Jeff Koons by Michael Leavitt

Seattle-based artist Michael Leavitt’s latest exhibition “The Art Army Royalty” at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York is epic.  This exhibit focuses on the biggest contemporary artists in the game.  His statues of each artist capture their essence so perfectly, you will walk away from the gallery with a big smile on your face.  The action figure sized statues feature Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Ai Weiwei, Chuck Close, Cindy Sherman, Cy Twombly, Julian Schnabel, Tom Sachs and Murakami, just to name a few – with over 20 statues in total.

Damien Hirst by Michael Leavitt

Damien Hirst by Michael Leavitt

I met Michael Leavitt at the opening night reception and I asked him what the reaction was from the artists who he’s immortalized.  Surprisingly, he said that he has not received much feedback at all.  Let’s put it out there to the people in the know to spread the word.  I think they’ll love them.  You can see a photo from this conversation after the jump.  You should also check out Leavitt’s official site (link is at the top of this article), where you can see pictures of the rest of the Art Army.

Julian Schnabel by Michael Leavitt

Julian Schnabel by Michael Leavitt

Also showing at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, is a solo exhibit by Dylan Egon called “Home of the Brave.”  Both exhibits will be up through October 8, 2011.  The Jonathan LeVine Gallery is located at 529 West 20th Street #9E in Manhattan.  Don’t miss it!

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