Alfred Leslie, ‘Sam's Crooked Collage’, Christie's

Alfred Leslie (b. 1927)

Sam's Crooked Collage

signed, titled and dated 'Sams Crooked Collage Alfred Leslie 1960' (on the reverse)

oil and canvas collage on reinforced fiberboard

49 x 48 in. (121.9 x 121.9 cm.)

Executed in 1960.

Signature: signed, titled and dated 'Sams Crooked Collage Alfred Leslie 1960' (on the reverse)

Collection of Sam Francis, Los Angeles, acquired directly from the artist

Manny Silverman, Los Angeles

Acquired from the above by the present owner

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