From left: Jack McConville, Law of Gravity, 2013, oil on canvas, 48. 12 x 40. 12 in., Courtesy the artist and Ibid Projects. London & Los Angeles; Thornton Dial, Viewpoint
of the Foundry Man, 2012, corrugated tin, bed frame, metal, carpet, plastic cloth and enamel on wood, 48 x 60 x 6 in. Opposite: Brett and Lester Levy; Peter Saul,
Refrigerator Breakdown, 2010, acrylic and oil on canvas , 78 x 96 in.
What galleries are you interested in visiting this year? Is there
a type of art you are looking for?
We are interested in collecting outsider artists whose work spans
the 20th century. We plan to visit the Andrew Edlin Gallery at the
fair because he represents Thornton Dial, a self-taught African-American artist. Dial’s work depicts the history of Southern life
in the 20th Century. Like Peter Saul, another artist we’ve been
collecting, Dial’s work addresses the darker side of American life
such as war, race, and bigotry.
How do you explore the Dallas Art Fair?
We tend to peruse the Dallas Art Fair separately and then
together. Each of us will pick works that speak to us, and if any
happen to overlap, then we delve further. More often than not, we
share the same vision (although Lester definitely has the better and
more experienced eye).
When are you ready to buy?
We are both extremely decisive people, so we tend to purchase
Do you think about where a new purchase will be installed in
art, whether it is a painting or sculpture, when it speaks to us.
We typically do not buy photography because Lester’s photos are
hanging on our walls.
your home? Or do you buy something that you love and worry
about where it goes later?
When we built our home, we specifically designed some of
our walls to fit several large paintings that we already had in our
collection. However, we believe that we can always find space for
something we love.
Advice for a new art collector?
The best advice that we can give about collecting art is to begin
with what captures your attention. Often your first, spontaneous
impression leads you to a specific artist and then you can delve
into his or her other works. Look at the works with an open mind.
There is nothing better than discovering new things about a piece
you have seen a million times before.
Lester Levy has been a long-time art collector—one with brave tastes who’s not afraid to buy the so-called “incorrect” stuff. He has purchased what is important
to him [and has a sense of humor]. After they married, Brett, who grew up in a family who collected art, joined Lester in their pursuit.