Cary Levine specializes in contemporary art. He received his Ph.D. from the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and is a recipient of a J. Paul Getty Postdoctoral Research Fellowship and the Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement at UNC. His recent book, Pay for Your Pleasures: Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, Raymond Pettibon (University of Chicago Press, 2013), examines the work of three important Southern California artists. Levine’s current research focuses on the intersections of art, politics, and digital technologies. In addition to his scholarship and teaching, Dr. Levine has been an active art critic, writing for magazines such as Art in America and BOMB. He has published numerous essays for exhibition catalogues and also worked for three years in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Pay for Your Pleasures: Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, Raymond Pettibon.University of Chicago Press, 2013.
“Worried Man,” in Mark Mothersbaugh: It’s a Beautiful World, exhibition catalogue, ed. by Adam Lerner, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, 2014.
“Wedge Woods,” in Jason Middlebrook: My Landscape, exhibition catalogue, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, 2014.
“A Gaping Hole,” in Beyond the Anti-Aesthetic (Stone Art Theory Institutes), ed. by James Elkins. Pennsylvania State University Press, 2013.
“Transgression,” The Brooklyn Rail, June 2013.
“Under Cover Of Darkness: Jenny Holzer’s Endgame Paintings,” in Jenny Holzer: Endgame, exhibition catalogue, Skarstedt Gallery, 2012.
“Dana Schutz: It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine),” in Dana Schutz: If the Face Had Wheels, exhibition catalogue, Neuberger Museum of Art (Prestel Verlag), 2011.
“Unset in Stone: Jenny Holzer’s Materialized Missives,” in Jenny Holzer: Retro, exhibition catalogue, Skarstedt Gallery, 2011.
“Manly Crafts: Mike Kelley’s (Oxy)Moronic Gender Bending,” Art Journal, vol. 69, no. 1, Spring 2010.
“Pandora’s Blankets: Mike Kelley’s Arenas in Cultural Context,” in Mike Kelley: Arenas, exhibition catalogue, Skarstedt Gallery, 2010.
“You Are What (and How) You Eat: Paul McCarthy’s Food-Flinging Frenzies,” Invisible Culture, Issue 14, Spring 2010.
“Culture Morte: Tom Wesselmann’s Still Life Parodies,” in Tom Wesselmann: The Figurative Impulse, exhibition catalogue, Städtische Gallerie Ravensburg, 2008.
“Remembrance of Things Present: Greg Lindquist’s Postindustrial Landscapes,” essay for exhibition, Brooks Hall Gallery, North Carolina State University, 2008.
“Logical Conclusions: 40 Years of Rule-Based Art,” The Brooklyn Rail, April 2005.
“A Flatland of Forms: Thomas Nozkowski’s Paintings,” Art in America, October 2004.
“A Diderot of the Low: Mike Kelley’s Foul Perfection and Minor Histories,” Art in America, February 2004.