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Winston Smith

The Intolerance of Uncertainty

Online Solo Exhibition
February 22 - March 23, 2023

Jonathan LeVine Projects & Destroy Art proudly debut the work of Winston Smith.
The Intolerance of Uncertainty introduces collectors to the satirical world of the infamous punk collage artist.


Jersey City, New Jersey, February 2023 – Jonathan Levine Projects is proud to announce The Intolerance of Uncertainty – a solo exhibition by punk surrealist collage artist Winston Smith. The artist’s inaugural online exhibition with the gallery opening on February 22nd features a collection of his satirical, whimsical, and often politically charged works, which are masterfully hand-cut and assembled from vintage, post-war American consumer magazines.

The selection of original works included in this exhibition span more than 44 years of the artist’s career as one of the most prolific collage artists of our time. Smith’s intricate paper cuttings are arranged into fantastical compositions that are both surreal and palpable. The limitlessness of one’s imagination is provoked through clever, multi-dimensional formations, addressing universal human themes – love, uncertainty, fear, desire, nostalgia – all without losing an innate sense of fun, both in balance and form.

Smith’s work evokes an automatic sense of curiosity and inspiration. This exhibition highlights some of his most iconic pieces created for various print media, publications, and graphic record album art, such as the memorable cover artwork created for George Carlin’s record release special for HBO – ‘Complaints and Grievances’.

Winston Smith (b. 1952) is the quintessential punk Surrealist, collage artist and designer best known for creating the Dead Kennedys iconic logo and artwork. He has produced over 50 record covers, is known for his work with Green Day, and publications such as The New Yorker, Playboy, Spin Magazine and many more. His technique of cutting by hand and gluing each individual element has inspired a generation of graphic artists. He has published multiple books of his collage collections, been featured in countless publications, and participated in numerous exhibitions in Japan, throughout Europe and the USA. He currently runs an underground community art space in San Francisco with his managers, Destroy Art Inc.