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Laura Levine's eclectic background as a cross-disciplinary visual artist has led her to pursue a variety of projects in independent filmmaking, photography, television animation, fine art and illustration.  Her iconic music photography portraits have appeared in countless magazines, album covers and books, as well as dozens of exhibitions, photography anthologies and published collections of fine art photographs.

 

From 1980 - 1995, Levine's career as a music photographer enabled her to work with everyone from Björk to James Brown for magazines such as Rolling Stone, The New York Rocker (where she was Chief Photographer/Photo Editor), and Sounds UK. She directed music videos for Lisa Germano and Giant Sand, and worked with R.E.M. and other Athens, Georgia musicians on the Super-8 underground film, Just Like A Movie (1984).

 

A self-taught artist, for over a decade Levine has been painting an ongoing series of portraits of contemporary music’s pioneers, which she developed and adapted into a series of children’s books. Honky-Tonk Heroes and Hillbilly Angels: The Pioneers of Country & Western Music, and Shake, Rattle & Roll: The Founders of Rock & Roll (Houghton Mifflin). Her first picture book was Wig!, a collaboration with the B-52's (Hyperion Books for Children). Levine’s award-winning illustrations have appeared in the pages of Time, Rolling Stone, Blab!, and The New Yorker as well on the covers of numerous books and CDs (Richard Thompson's Rumour and Sigh, Alessi's Ark, the Verve Essential Series, Leo Kottke).

 

In her spare time, Levine, who grew up in New York City's Chinatown and graduated from Harvard University is the proprietress of Homer & Langley's Mystery Spot, an unusual antique/ junk/oddities shop in Phoenicia, New York.

 

 

LAURA LEVINE

 

Selected Exhibitions

 

2015

Howl! Happening, Secrets of the Great Pyramid: The Pyramid Cocktail Lounge as Cultural Laboratory, New York, NY

Art Rocks Athens, I'll Be Your Mirror, Athens, GA

Photoville, Down and Dirty, Brooklyn, NY

Institut du Monde Arabe (Arab World Institute Museum), Hip-Hop, du Bronx au rues arabes, Paris

 

2013

Steven Kasher Gallery, Slaves of Mimesis: Nine Years on 23rd Street, New York, NY

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, American Cool, Washington, D.C

 

2012

The Annenberg Space for Photography, Who Shot Rock and Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present, Los Angeles, CA

Harper's Books, Open for the Stone, Volume 2, East Hampton, NY

Allentown Art Museum, Who Shot Rock and Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present, Allentown, PA

 

2011

Currier Museum of Art, Backstage Pass: Rock and Roll Photography, Manchester, NH

Tucson Museum of Art, Who Shot Rock and Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present, Tucson, AZ

Steven Kasher Gallery, Laura Levine: Musicians, New York, NY (solo exhibition)

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power, Cleveland, OH

Adris Gallery, Fifty Years of Rock 'n Roll: Women Who Made Rock, Rovinj, Croatia (curated by Gail Buckland)

The Museum of Modern Art, Looking at Music 3.0, New York, NY (curated by Barbara London)

The Museum at FIT, Vivienne Westwood: 1980 - 1989, New York, NY

Columbia Museum of Art, Who Shot Rock and Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present, Columbia, SC

The Grammy Museum, Hip-Hop, A Cultural Odyssey, Los Angeles, CA

 

2010

Akron Art Museum, Who Shot Rock and Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present, Akron, OH

Memphis Brooks Art Museum, Who Shot Rock and Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present, Memphis, TN

Eric Firestone Gallery, Warhol: Dylan to Duchamp, East Hampton, NY

Worcester Art Museum, Who Shot Rock and Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present, Worcester, MA

 

2009

The Brooklyn Museum, Who Shot Rock and Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present, Brooklyn, NY

The Portland Museum of Art, Backstage Pass: Rock and Roll Photography,Portland, ME

 

2008

KS Art, No Wave: 1976 - 1980, (curated by Thurston Moore and Byron Coley), New York, NY

 

2007

Musician Photo Gallery/Duncan Miller Gallery, solo exhibition, Los Angeles, CA

Morrison Hotel Gallery, New York, NY

 

2006

The Museum of the City of New York, Black Style Now, New York, NY

 

2005

Museo Colleciones ICO, Keith Haring Urban Memory, Madrid, Spain, June 2005

Lynn Goldsmith Gallery, Rock Legends, Basalt, CO, July 2005

 

2003

The Kodak Rock Photography Collection/Rock X - Posed, Las Vegas, NV

 

2002

Georgia Music Hall of Fame, Macon, GA

 

1997

Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY

 

1996

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, permanent collection/travelling exhibition, Cleveland, OH

Earl McGrath Gallery, The Cool & The Crazy, New York, NY

Candace Perich Gallery, Ridgefield, CT

Govinda Gallery, Washington, DC

 

1992

Staley Wise Gallery, Summer Pleasures, New York, NY

 

1991

Pictures Gallery, Woodstock, N.Y.

Staley Wise Gallery, Music: 1930-1990, New York, NY

 

1990

Commune di San Giovani, Valdarno, Italy

Cortland Arts Council, Pictures of My Generation, Cortland, N.Y.

Cascina Grande, Rozzano, Italy

 

1988

Photographic Resource Center, Around Sound, Boston, MA

Suzan Cooper Gallery, Mt. Vernon, NY

Bridgewater Gallery, New York, NY

Pictures Gallery, Woodstock, N.Y.

 

1986

Limelight, New York, NY

 

1985

The Photographer's Gallery, London, England

Danceteria, New York, NY

 

1984

Fun Gallery, New York, NY

Fun Gallery West, San Francisco, CA

Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, England

Watershed Gallery, Bristol, England

Collections

The National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian Institution

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Michael Zilkha

Luc Sante

Keith Haring

Rudin Foundation/Beth Rudin DeWoody

Jerome de Noirmont

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston