William Leavitt


Since the 1960s, Los Angeles-based artist William Leavitt has focused on a variety of dramatic narrative forms, often drawing on the proximity of the Hollywood studios where he worked building sets and making props at a younger age. A number of his works refer to The Tropics, a script written by Leavitt himself, which takes form at the Gallery-Legacy Čolaković as a set furnished by props from a local prop house, centering upon Leavitt’s mysterious painting of a jaguar peering over a ledge.


William Leavitt (1941, Washington DC, USA) lives and works in Los Angeles, USA. His work has been exhibited in exhibitions such as: Sign Language, Greene Naftali, New York, USA (2019); William Leavitt: Western Movie, Galerie Frank Elbaz, Paris, France (2018); William Leavitt at Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland (2017); Telemetry, Greene Naftali, New York (2016); The Small Laboratory, Honor Fraser, Los Angeles, USA (2016); In Production: Art and the Studio System, Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China (2019); The Props Assist the House, Bel Ami, Los Angeles (2019); Sunlight Arrives Only at Its Proper Hour, 356 S Mission Road, Los Angeles (2017); and Spaces without Drama or Surface is an Illusion but So is Depth, Graham Foundation, Chicago, USA (2017); Looking Back / The 11th White Columns Annual, White Columns, New York (2017);. His work is included in the collections of: Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam, the Netherlands; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, USA; San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, USA; and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.