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DOMINIQUE LÉVY

ON: BEAUTY

Noted collector, advisor, and gallerist Dominique Lévy is considered one of the foremost authorities on the global art market and is one of its most influential figures. Known for her innovative curatorial approach, Lévy inaugurated her New York gallery Lévy Gorvy with the critically acclaimed exhibition Audible Presence: Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Cy Twombly, accompanied by the first public performance of Yves Klein’s groundbreaking Monotone-Silence Symphony in the United States.

photographs
Michael Avedon

creative direction
Melissa Jones

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WHAT IS BEAUTY TO YOU?

 To me, the most honest form of beauty is in the wholeness and authenticity of the creative act. Whether what is created is regarded as beautiful or not, I see great beauty in the art of creating. 

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HOW DO YOU THINK OUR VISION OF BEAUTY HAS CHANGED IN THE LAST DECADE?

Our idea of beauty today is impatient: beauty is not seen as a process, but as an end-result that must be achieved as quickly as possible. It’s less meditative, less internally focused, and more fast-paced than ever. 

 

 

WHO WAS A BEAUTY ICON FOR YOU IN YOUR YOUTH?

My grandmother, who had a great sense of internal beauty. Her freedom of spirit, her imagination, her unwavering elegance—this is how I imagine embodied beauty. 

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WHAT, FOR YOU, IS THE ANTITHESIS OF BEAUTY?

Bitterness, a spirit of resentment, a lack of generosity. Judgements about beauty are the antithesis of beauty. 

 

 

WHAT WAS YOUR MOST RECENT ENCOUNTER WITH SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL? 

I was in Miami a few weeks ago and looked up at the sky. It was a symphony of blues and grays with a streak of light illuminating the clouds in the shape of a Futurist boat. To me, this was an allegory for life: constantly shifting between serenity and turmoil. 

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WHY IS THIS OBJECT BEAUTIFUL TO YOU?

I've collected Alain Vernis's work for many years and love the size and the feel of this bowl – it fits the hand and you can feel it is hand-made. The bowls represent a combination of earthy and ethereal.

 

 

hair
Katie Schember / Ray Brown Productions

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Colby Smith / Art Department

 

 

 

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