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Marilyn Levine, Marilyn Anne Levine

Biography to Display: 

1935 Born Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada

1969 Immigrated to the United States

2005 Died Oakland, California

 

EDUCATION

1957 BS in Chemistry University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

1959 MS in Chemistry University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

1970 MA University of California, Berkeley, California

1971 MFA in Sculpture University of California, Berkeley, California

 

Marilyn Levine is known for her realistic rendering of leather objects in clay. She was a master of trompe-l’oeil and considered no detail too small to be given close attention. In 1969 she created a process that added chopped nylon fiber to a stoneware body that gave the ceramic pieces she created an authentic leathery look. 

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Auckland Memorial Art Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, South Carolina

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Arizona State University Museum of Art, Tempe, Arizona

Australian National Gallery, Canberra, Australia

Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, Canada

Berkeley Art Museum, University of California

Burlington Cultural Centre, Burlington, Canada

Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Canton Art Institute, Canton, Ohio

Claridge Collection, Montreal, Canada

Confederation Art Gallery and Museum, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California

Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York

Fine Arts Museum of the South, Mobile, Alabama

Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Canada

Henry Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

Ichon World Ceramic Center, Ichon, Korea

International Museum of Ceramics, Faenza, Italy

Israel Museum, Jerusalem

John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Kenderdine Art Gallery, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada

Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach California

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles California

MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada

Musée National Adrien Dubouche de Limoges, Limoges, France

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois

Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Shigaraki, Japan

Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia

National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan

Nelson Gallery, University of California, Davis, California

National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan

Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan, Utah

Oakland Museum, California

Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

Red Deer College, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California

Saskatchewan Arts Board, Regina, Canada

Scripps College, Claremont, California

Sheridan College School of Design, Toronto, Canada

Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona

University Art Museum, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada

Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, Utah

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia

William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art, Kansas City, Missouri

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Clark, Garth. American Ceramics: 1876 to the Present. rev. ed. London, England: Booth-Clibborn Editions, 1987.

Cowin, Dana, “Leather? Marilyn Levine’s Ceramic Pieces Elevate Luggage to the Status of Art,” Showcase, July/August 1986.

Donaldson, Judy. “Marilyn Levine: A Comprehensive Review,” Fusion Magazine, 24, January 2000.

Kamin, Ira, “Exhibitions: Marilyn Levine,” Craft Horizons, October 1975.

Katz, Ruth J. “Useless Clay, Useful Art,” New York Times, October 3, 1982.

Levin, Elaine. The History of American Ceramics: 1607 to the Present/From Pipkins and Bean Pots to Contemporary Forms. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1988.

___________, “Marilyn Levine: A Ceramics Monthly Portfolio,” Ceramics Monthly, March 1985.

Long, Timothy and Maija Bismanis. Marilyn Levine: Ap Retrospective. Resina, SK: MacKenzie Art Gallery.

Perlberg, Deborah, “Marilyn Levine and Douglas Bond,” Artforum, March 1977.

Perreault, John. “False Objects: Duplicates, Replicas & Types.” Artforum, February 1978.  
Peterson, Susan, “Ceramics of Marilyn Levine.” Craft Horizons, February 1977.

Prokopoff, Stephen. Marilyn Levine: A Decade of Ceramic Sculpture. Boston, MA: Institute of Contemporary Art, 1981.

Ross, Janice, Chemist’s Ceramic Mixtures Create Lifelike Leather Pieces, Oakland Tribune, June 17, 1980.

Schjeldahl, Peter. “The Playful Improvisation of West Coast Ceramic Art.” New York Times, June 9, 1974.

Treib, Marc, “On Reading Marilyn Levine,” Ceramics: Art & Perception, 59, March 2005.

Zhou, Guangzhen Poslin, “Marilyn Levine: The Master Makes Reminiscent Leather Products,” Ceramic Art, 15, 1997.

 

 

Typical Marks
1979
1981
1982
1983
1987
Laced Up Cup
Date: 1979
Form: Sculpture
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Stain
Courtesy Treadway Toomey Auctions, Candice Groot Collection, lot 82, April 16, 2016
Courtesy Treadway Toomey Auctions, Candice Groot Collection, lot 82, April 16, 2016
Photo: TMP
F. M. Case
Date: 1981
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 85.1.8, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 85.1.8, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Pouch
Date: 1982
Form: Sculpture
Method: Hand Built
Courtesy Treadway Toomey Auctions, Candice Groot Auction, lot 2, November 12, 2016
Courtesy Treadway Toomey Auctions, Candice Groot Auction, lot 2, November 12, 2016
Work Boots
Date: 1983
Form: Sculpture
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Stain
Courtesy Treadway Toomey Auctions, Candice Groot Collection, lot 83, April 16, 2016
Courtesy Treadway Toomey Auctions, Candice Groot Collection, lot 83, April 16, 2016
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Black Gloves
Date: 1987
Form: Sculpture
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Stain
Courtesy Treadway Toomey Auctions, Candice Groot Collection, lot 81, April 16, 2016
Courtesy Treadway Toomey Auctions, Candice Groot Collection, lot 81, April 16, 2016
Suitcase
Form: Sculpture
Method: Hand Built
Courtesy Treadway Toomey Auctions, Candice Groot Auction, lot 1, November 12, 2016
Courtesy Treadway Toomey Auctions, Candice Groot Auction, lot 1, November 12, 2016

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