heliumTALK #24: Jonathan LeVine - Part One (english edition)
By Jörg Heikhaus
For this English language edition of his podcast „heliumTALK - Das Kunstgespräch“, Jörg Heikhaus spoke with Jonathan LeVine, who is one of the most prestigious and colorful figures in the American Contemporary art scene. Since 1995 he exhibited artists in different venues and cities. He has been at the forefront of bringing artists from pop culture, low brow and graffiti into the established art world. In 2005 he opened the Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York’s famous gallery district Chelsea and set standards for the presentation of a generation of artists that had long been neglected, becoming one if not the most successful gallery for a new era in contemporary art. Towards the end this year though, Jonathan closed his physical gallery space to take a step back and consider new ways to approach a market that has become very difficult in recent years. Jonathan and Jörg have been friends for a long time, and they often talk for hours via video chat about the business, the people they work with, their experiences and the state of the art world. As friends they exchange knowledge and stories. Since Jörg started this podcast in February 2018 we always thought it might be a good idea to share some of this, because they both feel that there are a lot of topics from these private conversations that might be interesting insights for others who are also in the art circus, be it in a professional manner or as observers and fans. So this is only the first of a series of talks Jonathan and Jörg are planning to have. Because it was not recorded in the studio but thousand miles apart and in different time zones via an online-Tool it might sound a bit different than the normal podcast. We are not yet 100% satisfied from a pure technological standpoint, but we’ll keep working on it to improve it next time.