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Portrait of Matvey Levenstein. Photo by Diego Flores. Courtesy of Kasmin, New York; Portrait of Alison Elizabeth Taylor. Photo by Vincent Dilio; Portrait of Darryl Westly. Courtesy the artist.

Please join us for a conversation between artists Mattvey Levenstein, Alison Elizabeth Taylor, and Darryl Westly on Saturday, February 10, 2023 at 2 PM at 48 Walker Street. This event is organized to coincide with the closing of Arcadia and Elsewhere, an expansive group exhibition on view across James Cohan's three New York gallery spaces from January 12 through February 10. 

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For special accommodation, please email or 212-714-9500.  


About the Artists

Matvey Levenstein was born in 1960 in Moscow, U.S.S.R. and lives and works in New York City. He received his M.F.A. at Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT, after attaining a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, and the Moscow Architectural Institute, Moscow, U.S.S.R. He is included in the recent publications Landscape Painting Now by Todd Bradway and (Nothing but) Flowers published by Karma with essays by Hilton Als, Helen Molesworth and David Rimanelli. Levenstein has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, honors and residencies. These include the Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome, Rome (2003); the Penny McCall Foundation Award, New York (2002); the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Studio Grant (1998); the Katherine J. Horwitch Grant, Jewish Foundation (1985-1987); and the Anna Louise Raymond Traveling Fellowship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago (1983).

Alison Elizabeth Taylor (b. 1972, Selma, AL) is known for transforming the historic technique of marquetry into a new form: marquetry hybrid—a novel synthesis of media and process that incorporates wood inlay, painting, and collage to create a new perspective on painting. Raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, Taylor received her M.F.A. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of the Arts in 2005. Alison Elizabeth Taylor: The Sum of It, a major survey exhibition organized by the Addison Gallery of American Art opened at the Des Moines Art Center in October 2022 and traveled to the Addison in February 2023. Taylor has had additional solo exhibitions at James Cohan, New York; Zidoun & Bossuyt, Luxembourg; Château de Nyon, Switzerland; and Savannah College of Art and Design Galleries, Savannah and Atlanta, GA. Recent group shows include: The Outwin 2022: American Portraiture Today, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC (2022, traveling through 2024); Reflections on Perception, Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH (2022); The Slipstream: Reflection, Resilience, and Resistance in the Art of Our Time, Brooklyn Museum, NY (2021); and Personal Space, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR (2018). Taylor has received numerous awards and grants, including first prize in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s 2022 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. Taylor lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Darryl Westly (b. 1989, Chicago, IL) received his BFA from the Cooper Union in 2014. In March of 2023 Westly attended The Church Sag Harbor Painting Intensive residency on Long Island. Solo presentations include A Dream Deferred at 1969 Gallery, NY (2021) and Interior/Exterior at Paris Texas LA Gallery, LA (2019). Group exhibitions include Manscaping, The Hole, Los Angeles, CA (2022); Skin + Masks at Kavi Gupta, Chicago, IL (2022); Vanquishing Ocular curated by David Salle and Nicole Wittenberg at East Hampton’s Rental Gallery (2019); Animal Kingdom at Alexander Berggrue, NY (2019); Chromatic Reveries curated by Rata Projects at the NARS Foundation, Brookly, NY (2019); and Ways To Die by The Bruce High Quality Foundation, NY (2018). Westly’s work has been featured as part of Kasmin Gallery’s Benefit Auction for Artistic Noise (2023), Art Central Hong Kong with Cuturi Gallery in Singapore (2020) and has exhibited as part of the Watermill Gala’s Annual Benefit (2019). Select publications include Interview, Juxtapose, Whitewall, Artnet, Surface Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, Artsy and Office Magazine. Important collections include the Rema Hort Mann Foundation, The Portland Museum of Art, The Fidelity Collection, among others. Westly lives and works in New York, NY.

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