Property from the Collection of Carol H. and Richard M. Levin
May 20 | 5:30PM CST
Saturday, May 16, 2015, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday, May 17, 2015, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Monday, May 18, 2015, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Mr. Levin, a Kansas City native, began collecting in the second half of the 20th century. He collected with a connoisseur’s eye and put an emphasis on acquiring paintings that paid homage to American roots. This evening sale, comprised of 35 works of art, will feature prominent American artists including works from Ashcan School painters best known for portraying city and modern life of the early 20th century in rejection of the more genteel, polished movements of the time.
These artists include members of “The Eight,” such as Robert Henri, William Glackens, Everett Shinn, George Benjamin Luks, Arthur B. Davies, Ernest Lawson and John French Sloan. Other movements represented in the sale include American Regionalism, Social Realism, American Modernism and American Impressionism.
Robert Henri, Bridget Lavelle, 1926 ($400,000/600,000)
Thomas Hart Benton, Discussion, 1967 ($200,000/400,000)
Charles Burchfield, Basswood Tree in Winter, 1948 ($100,000/150,000)
Thomas Hart Benton, Study for Flood Disaster (Homecoming – Kaw Valley), c. 1951 ($120,000/180,000)
With his knowledgeable and gifted eye, Richard Levin was able to uncover details of an artist’s style and oversee preparatory studies for important commissions. His advocacy for the arts extended into the public sector where he is remembered and respected for his tenure on the board of directors for multiple institutions, such as the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City Art Institute, Kemper Museum and Truman Library.