Join us for a virtual lecture on artist Paul Jenkins by renowned art historian and author Gail Levin. Her lecture will explore the artist’s biography as well as the influence of Asian art and aesthetics on his art. This virtual lecture coincides with the closing of the exhibition Paul Jenkins: From America’s Heartland to an International Journey.
Gail Levin is Distinguished Professor of Art history, Fine and Performing Arts, American Studies, and Women’s Studies at Baruch College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her interest in abstract painting goes back to her doctoral dissertation. The acknowledged authority on American realist painter Edward Hopper, she is author of books and articles on the artist, including the catalogue raisonné (1995). Her work on twentieth-century and contemporary art has won international acclaim. Articles range from theory of artists’ biographies to explorations of American and Asian cultural studies. In 2007, the Wall Street Journal chose her Edward Hopper: An Intimate Biography (1995, second expanded edition 2007), as one of the five best portrayals of artists’ lives since 1931. She has often focused on women artists, writing biographies of Judy Chicago and Lee Krasner. For the latter, she interviewed Paul Jenkins. In 2019, the Financial Times in London chose Lee Krasner: A Biography as one of the five best art books of the year. Levin, who has won many prestigious grants, including two Distinguished Fulbright Chair Awards, also shows her own artwork and publishes fiction.
Image: Installation view, Paul Jenkins: From America’s Heartland to an International Journey. Photographer: Paige Boscia, Tampa, Florida.