Marc Selwyn Fine Art presents “Garden Sound,” by William Leavitt. and “William Wegman: Art By Artist,” An opening reception with the artist was hosted on Saturday, June 9, 2022. The exhibition will remain on view through August 27, 2022.

Installation image courtesy of the artist and Greene Naftali, New York

This is William Leavitt’s second exhibition with the gallery. Leavitt is part of a generation of Los Angeles artists integral to the development of Conceptual art in the 1960s and 70s. Drawing on the fictions and fantasies that power Hollywood, as well as Southern California’s architectural landscape, Leavitt captures distinct filmic moments that seem familiar, yet displaced. In the artist’s set-like installations, images of the California lifestyle come untethered from their original context and take on a sculptural presence.

“Garden Sound” consists of artificial plants, a plywood box, circulating water, a microphone, an amplifier and a speaker. As in many of his sculptures, Leavitt invites the viewer to study his “sets” up close and in the round. As Ann Goldstein writes, Leavitt’s work “tak[es] into account the theatrical potential of the ordinary” while “considering the significance of every detail – location, lighting, atmosphere, props, and sound – and, like a set designer, he assembles a scene where every element plays a role.”

“William Wegman: Art By Artist,” is a show of drawings, paintings and photographs dating from the early 1970s to the present. This marks Wegman’s fifth exhibition at the gallery. The show is curated by Andrew Lampert, editor of the recent book William Wegman: Writing By Artist  (2022, Primary Information).

On view: July 9, 2022 – August 27, 2022

What: Opening, William Leavitt, William Wegman
Where: Marc Selwyn Fine Art, 9953 South Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills, 90212