Friday Oct 21, 2016
Albuquerque, NM 87102
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A group show that highlights the gallery’s distinctive history including works by John Baldessari, Sol LeWitt, Ed Ruscha and local artists Thomas Barrow, Jenna Kuiper, Earl McBride and more.
In celebration of our 25th anniversary, Richard Levy Gallery is pleased to present Unstructured Merriment, a group show that highlights the gallery’s distinctive history. In the1970s Richard Levy moved to Albuquerque and studied the history of photography with Beaumont Newhall at the University of New Mexico. An avid collector and purveyor, Levy had an antique store in Nob Hill that sold old photographs, vintage postcards, and silkscreen posters, among other things. In 1991 he opened the gallery at 514 Central Avenue SW and co-founded 21 Steps Editions, which produced waterless lithographs by leading contemporary artists. Showing work by local, national, and international artists, Richard Levy has created one of the top contemporary galleries in New Mexico.
With a wide variety of mediums, Unstructured Merriment includes works by John Baldessari, Jeff Kellar, Sol LeWitt and Sachiko Cho, Ed Ruscha and Albuquerque artists Thomas Barrow, Beau Carey, Jenna Kuiper, Leigh Anne Langwell, Earl McBride, Emi Ozawa, Mary Tsiongas, and Tom Waldron. Ephemera that Levy has collected throughout the years will be on display, as well as his handmade hooked rug of the Albuquerque Isotopes baseball stadium.
As a silver anniversary gift to our friends and community, we are hosting a 25th anniversary celebration and fundraiser to benefit We Are This City (WATC), an organization that supports local artists and Albuquerque community art projects. Funds are being raised by raffle ticket sales. Raffle items include selected 21 Steps editions, works by gallery artists, WATC publications, and more. Preview artworks and preorder raffle tickets on the WATC website (http://wearethiscity.com/product/rlg/). The anniversary party features a pop-up event with an interactive projection installation, music by DJ Dave12, and an opportunity to participate in a WATC-sponsored community art project. Further information about this organization can be found on their website at wearethiscity.com.
This event coincides with our neighbors 516 ARTS 10 year and Central Features Contemporary Art 2 year anniversary parties. Collectively we are celebrating 37 years of arts in downtown Albuquerque on October 15th.
Gallery Celebration: Saturday, October 15, 6–9 pm