Exhibition Talk: Matthew Levy and David Novros

Monday, October 16
101 Spring Street
New York, NY

Matthew L. Levy, Assistant Professor of Art History at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, and artist David Novros discuss Novros’ first mural using traditional fresco technique located at 101 Spring Street. In 1970, Novros was commissioned by Donald Judd to create a permanent, site-specific work on the second floor of his New York home and studio. The work marked a turning point in Novros’ career, as he continued to make frescos through the 1980s. Levy and Novros will also discuss the Novros’ recent work as well as his experience living and working in downtown New York since the 1960s.

This talk is part of the Fall 2017 public programs in New York and Texas that explore aspects of Donald Judd’s relationship with his contemporaries in New York from the 1960s through the 1980s. The talk series coincides with Yayoi Kusama, an exhibition of four paintings by the artist on the ground floor of 101 Spring Street.

Matthew L. Levy is Assistant Professor of Art History at Penn State Erie, the Behrend College. His writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail and Journal of Contemporary Painting, as well as in exhibition catalogues for the National Gallery of Canada and Museum Wiesbaden. He is presently working on a book manuscript about the status of abstract painting within the discourses of Minimalism, with a particular focus on the work of Robert Mangold, David Novros, and Jo Baer. His essay, “Specific Painting: David Novros, Donald Judd, and 101 Spring Street,” was recently published in the anthology, In Terms of Painting, published by Revolver Publishing.

David Novros was born in 1941 in Los Angeles, CA, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California in 1963. His work was first exhibited in a two-person show with Mark di Suvero in 1965 at the Park Place Gallery in New York. Novros had his first one-person shows at Park Place Gallery and Dwan Gallery the following year. His work has been exhibited in prominent venues, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Dallas Museum of Fine Art, Dallas; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Bremen Museum of Modern Art, Bremen, Germany. The artist currently lives and works in New York City.