New York, New York
Jonathan LeVine currently owns and operates the Jonathan LeVine Gallery, in the Chelsea area of Manhattan. As a youth in the 1980s, LeVine recognized the appeal of countercultural aesthetics including punk flyers, comics, graffiti and tattoos. Beginning in 1994, LeVine became an independent curator, organizing exhibitions at punk and alternative rock venues in the area such as: CBGB, Webster Hall, Max Fish, and Maxwell's. By promoting these visual art forms through group shows in venues that were home to their musical counterparts, LeVine gave a home to this nascent art movement, early on. Artists featured in these early exhibitions include well-known figures such as Ron English, Daniel Johnston, and Shepard Fairey. Since then, LeVine has been instrumental in the promotion and proliferation of lowbrow and street art on the east coast where he remains a figurehead of the New York art community.