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Art September, 22 2011

Mike Leavitt’s Art Stars Action Figures

Seattle-based artist Michael Leavitt took on the art world with these mini action figures depicting artists such as Jasper Johns, Jeff Koons, Richard Serra, Takashi Murakami, and others. In a way, then, all of these artists are the stars of his new exhibit at Jonathan LeVine Gallery. Leavitt told ArtInfo that his idea to parody some of art’s most brilliant and expensive names came from a lack of accessibility.

“I truly wish they were more accessible both to me and to the general public,” he said. “I think the contemporary art world’s mystification of the artist has been a sad fallout from too many wrong-doings for too many years. I understand that much of it is necessary to build up a mythology and market value for an artist’s work. But there’s a balance to strike between the economics and wider mass appeal for the art world.”

Well, mass appeal he wants, mass appeal we get. There’s nothing more accessible, both literally and figuratively, than miniature action figures that can fit in the palm of your hand.

“Art Star Royalty” will run at Jonathan LeVine gallery through October 8.

More images after the jump.

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