|Education||Central School of Arts and Crafts in London|
|Known for||Video art|
|Awards||First prize for sculpture in the 1967 Canadian Sculpture Biennial|
Les Levine (born 1935) is a naturalized American Irish artist known as a pioneer of video art and as a post-conceptual artist working with mass communication. In 1967 Levine won first prize for sculpture in the Canadian Sculpture Biennial.
Life and work
A graduate of the Central School of Art and Design in London, Levine first moved to Canada in 1960. He eventually settled in New York City in 1964 and became a resident artist at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1973. Early in his career, Levine introduced the idea of a disposable art and used the nickname Plastic Man.
In 1965, Levine, with Nam June Paik, were among the first artists to buy and use portapaks. Thus he was one of the first artists to try television as a medium for the dissemination of art. He has also used the telephone for this purpose, as well.
He was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1974 and again in 1980.
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- Joline Blais and Jon Ippolito, The Edge of Art, Thames & Hudson Ltd
- Frank Popper, From Technological to Virtual Art, MIT Press
- Margot Lovejoy, Digital Currents: Art in the Electronic Age Routledge 2004
- Edmond Couchot, Des Images, du temps et des machines, édité Actes Sud, 2007
- Fred Forest, Art et Internet, Editions Cercle D'Art / Imaginaire Mode d'Emploi
- Edward A. Shanken, Art and Electronic Media. London: Phaidon, 2009