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Star Machine, 1966

Les Levine
Irish, Canadian, American, 1935
acrylic plastic and aluminum
213.4 x 243.8 x 304.8 cm
Purchased 1967
National Gallery of Canada (no. 15337)
© Les Levine / SODRAC (2013)

Shown for the first time in New York at the Fischbach Gallery in October 1966, this work was intended as a piece of art that “would be very close to not existing and yet exist.” Les Levine was attempting to create an artwork that would involve the viewer in a kinetic experience of the space instead of relying solely on contemplation. With the title in mind, the viewer – as collaborator – is considered the “star,” exploring the physical space within this “machine.”

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