Exhibition Talk: David Novros, Flavin Judd, and Matthew Levy
Thursday, November 10
101 Spring Street
New York, NY
Please join Judd Foundation for a conversation with artist David Novros; Flavin Judd, Artistic Director at Judd Foundation; and art historian Matthew L. Levy in conjunction with the exhibition David Novros – Paintings, currently on view at 101 Spring Street. The three will discuss Novros’s work in painting across fresco and portable murals and the importance of place and permanence in his work. The conversation will be introduced by Caitlin Murray, Director of Archives and Programs at Judd Foundation and will include time for a Q&A with the participants.
Matthew L. Levy is Associate Professor of Art History and Associate Director of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Penn State Behrend, where he teaches courses on modern and contemporary art. His book, Abstract Painting and the Minimalist Critiques: Robert Mangold, David Novros, and Jo Baer in the 1960s, was published by Routledge in 2019 and released in paperback in 2021. The book, which features Novros’s fresco for Donald Judd’s SoHo building on its cover, situates these painters within the discourses of Minimalism and rethinks the “death of painting” narratives that have been so influential to Minimalist historiography. He has written catalogue essays on artists including Robert Mangold, Mary Obering, and Julian Stanczak, and his art criticism has appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, Journal for Contemporary Painting, and ASAP/Journal. Levy is presently working on a book project about Novros’s murals and other site-specific projects.
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.