Johnny Perry

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

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Alfred Leslie: The Toast is Burning, Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York
2015
Alfred Leslie: Abstraction 1951-1962, Allan Stone Projects, New York

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Artists of the New York School, Allan Stone Projects, New York
2015
the tiny picture show, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York
2014
Mana Monumental, Mana Contemporary, Miami