Levett Collection, Florence

Women Artists and the Abstract Revolution

with Christian Levett

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Elaine de Kooning, Lee Krasner, Helen Frankenthaler, Grace Hartigan and numerous other women artists produced explosive works of Abstract Expressionism in the renegade New York art scene of the early 1950s and 1960s. During this home-gallery visit, collector Christian Levett shares highlights from his 100-piece Florentine collection, formed almost exclusively of art by women.

 

The Levett Collection comprises works by the likes of Perle Fine, Yvonne Thomas, Elaine de Kooning and Pat Passlof, among others. 'I didn't have talent, I just had genius,' Hartigan once quipped. The conversation uncovers the often-irreverent personalities of what became known as 'the quintessential American and modern art movement' and invites art lovers to see first-hand why Lee Krasner's mantra was, 'I never violate an inner rhythm'.

This event was sponsored by Calliope Arts and organised in conjunction with The Florentine.

Helen Frankenthaler, New York 1957
Helen Frankenthaler, New York 1957

The Levett Collection, Florence photo: Gordon Parks

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The Map and The Queen
The Map and The Queen

Sonia Gechtoff, 1958 Christian Levett and L. Falcone in preparations for our visit The Levett Collection, Florence photo: Marco Badiani, 2021

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Bending Blue
Bending Blue

Helen Frankenthaler, 1977 The Levett Collection, Florence photo: Marco Badiani, 2021

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Sankaty II
Sankaty II

Ethel Schwabacher, 1956 The Levett Collection, Florence

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Where our talk began
Where our talk began

In the foreground: Charlotte Park's Jubilee and works by Emin, Matter, Hoffmann and Krasner The Levett Collection, Florence photo: Marco Badiani

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Untitled
Untitled

Ruth Armer, c. 1955 -1960 The Levett Collection, Florence

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Pat Passlof's 1959 Stove is central
Pat Passlof's 1959 Stove is central

The Levett Collection, Florence photo: Marco Badiani, 2021

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Two Women (Daisy Aldand & Olga Petroff)
Two Women (Daisy Aldand & Olga Petroff)

Grace Hartigan,1954 The Levett Collection, Florence photo: Marco Badiani, 2021

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The Abstractionists. Silver gelatin prints from the 1940s-1960s
The Abstractionists. Silver gelatin prints from the 1940s-1960s

The Levett Collection, Florence photo: Marco Badiani, 2021

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