Alfred Leslie, ‘7 am News’, 1976-78, Wright
Alfred Leslie, ‘7 am News’, 1976-78, Wright

Signature: Signed and dated to verso '© Alfred Leslie 1976'. Sold with a photocopy of the original receipt from Allan Frumkin Gallery.

Alfred Leslie, 15 January - 6 March 1977, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

American Painting: From the Colonial Period to the Present, Prown and Rose, pg. 245 The Wilson Quarterly: Special Issue 1982, pg. 48 LIFE Magazine, October 1980, pg. 74

Allan Frumkin Gallery, New York | Private Collection, Key Biscayne

About Alfred Leslie

The ever-versatile Alfred Leslie has been on the frontlines of many major movements in postwar American art. Early in his career, Leslie ran with the Abstract Expressionists in New York, producing immense, lush abstractions and counting Barnett Newman, Franz Kline, and critic Clement Greenberg among his close associates. From there, Leslie would experiment radically, making silkscreen boxes years before Andy Warhol’s emergence and painting hyper-realistic figurative scenes that would show alongside Chuck Close and Philip Pearlstein. “I don't think he's gotten his due,” Whitney curator Barbara Haskell once said. “I think he did fall between the cracks chronologically…I think it was difficult for people to understand his career as one unit.” Leslie was also at the forefront of experimental film, collaborating with Robert Frank to make Pull My Daisy (1959), a tribute to the Beat generation featuring Richard Bellamy, Allen Ginsberg, Alice Neel, and Larry Rivers.

American, b. 1927, Bronx, New York