William Leavitt Connects Nature and Structure at White Columns

THE DAILY PIC: In the White Columns Annual, Leavitt draws connections between the built and the grown.

THE DAILY PIC (#1740): It happens to even the most rigorous of art critics: You see something you like in a show, and (shock, horror) you can’t quite say why. I recently saw—and incoherently liked—this big 1991 drawing by William Leavitt in this year’s Annual at White Columns art space in New York. Its medium and style are more traditional than most of the art that speaks to me. But something feels just right about the way it brings together tamed nature and modernist architecture—and uses an exercycle as the tie that binds them. And Leavitt’s statement only works because it’s in the classic medium of the architectural sketch. (Courtesy the artist and Green Naftali, New York)

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