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Centennial Legacy: Gerson and Judith Leiber Exhibition Opens May 29 at the Leiber Collection and Leonard Tourné Gallery

NEW YORK, NY – April 2021 – The Leiber Collection in partnership with Leonard Tourné Gallery, is pleased to present “Centennial Legacy,” celebrating the artistic legacy of Judith and Gerson Leiber on what would have been their 100th year on earth together. The exhibition, curated by Ann Fristoe Stewart, will showcase a rarely seen collection of oil paintings by American Abstract Expressionist painter Gerson Leiber as well as precious minaudières—each a work of art in its own right—by world renown designer Judith Leiber.

The exhibition opens to the public on May 29, 2021 and will run through September 2021 at Leonard Tourné Gallery and through the end of April 2022 at The Leiber Collection.

The Leiber Collection and Sculpture Garden sits in the hamlet of Springs in East Hampton, NY. Springs became a thriving artists colony in the middle of the century and is often referred to as the cradle of the Abstract Expressionist movement. Jackson Pollock’s studio has been preserved nearby in the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center. Lee Krasner, Willem de Kooning, Elaine deKooning, Franz Kline, John Ferren and many other artists lived and worked in Springs throughout the 20th century. Gerson joined his peers in 1956 and maintained his studio in Springs until his death in 2018.

Born in Brooklyn in 1921, Gerson Leiber began his artistic career during World War II while stationed in Budapest, Hungary. He studied at the Royal Academy of Art in Budapest and, after the war, took up printmaking and painting at the Art Students League of New York. He later studied engraving with Gabor Peterdi at the Brooklyn Museum Art School. In the words of Ruth Appelhof, director of Guild Hall in East Hampton, Gerson Leiber is “one of a pantheon of outstanding 20th Century artists who has explored styles, even movements, with the dexterity of a gifted, extremely self-confident person always expressing his own aesthetic at the core of his work.”

Art critic and curator Phyllis Braff wrote, “An artist who understands the art of his era, [Gerson] Leiber builds on the optical velocities and gestural immediacies of Abstract Expressionism.”

Gerson Leiber has had dozens of solo exhibitions in the United States and Israel and his work is included in collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum, National Gallery of Art, Boston Museum of Fine Art, and the Yale University Art Gallery, among many others. He has received numerous awards and honors, including the National Academy of Design’s Benjamin Altman Prize for the Figure, The Ralph Fabri Medal of Merit, the Museum of Fine Arts Purchase Award, and the President’s Award.

Judith Leiber (née Judit Pető) was born in Budapest in 1921. She met Gerson Leiber while he was serving in Hungary; the two married in 1946 and moved to New York the following year. In 1963, Judith Leiber founded her eponymous company, which she ran successfully until her retirement in 1998. Her handbags are cherished, collected, and worn by collectors, celebrities, royalty, and First Ladies of the United States of America. Her bags belong to the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Museum of Arts and Design, among others. Judith Leiber received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers in 1994 and a Visionary Woman Award from Moore College in 2010.

Gerson and Judith Leiber died on the same day in April 2018. Their works remain on view at the Leiber Collection and Sculpture Garden, dedicated to sharing the life and legacy of the two artists through the continuation of their museum and through exhibitions, talks, and presentations showcasing their creative genius. Leonard Tourné Gallery is honored to partner with the museum in creating this exhibition.

For additional information or to schedule a viewing, please contact Leonard Tourné Gallery at info@leonardtourne.com or by phone at (212) 219-2656. The exhibition is also viewable online at www.leonardtournegallery.com.

The Leiber Collection and Sculpture Garden is located at 446 Old Stone Highway in the East Hampton hamlet of Springs, New York. For hours and directions, please contact The Leiber Collection at (631) 329-3288 or email info@leibercollection.org.

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The Garden of Friends Exhibition opens on May 29 at The Leiber Collection Sculpture Garden

East Hampton, New York – April 2021 – the Leiber Collection is delighted to welcome 16 extraordinary East End Artists into The Garden of Friends!

The Garden of Friends is an enchanting exhibition taking place in the Leiber Sculpture Garden featuring works by Scott Bluedorn, Philippe Cheng, Peter Dayton, Pipi Deer, Jeremy Dennis, Conrad de Kwiatkowski, Saskia Friedrich, Margaret Garrett, Jeremy Grosvenor, Laurie Lambrecht, Jill Musnicki, Toni Ross, Bastienne Schmidt, Aurelio Torres, Almond Zigmund and with a special night of projections with Christine Sciuilli.

Curated by Ann Fristoe Stewart in the spirit of community and friendship, it is truly a special exhibition that is not to be missed. The group of artists exhibited are making some of the most interesting work of the day.  A series of Artists Talks and events will be presented throughout the season as well.

Open Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays from 1 – 4 and at other times for private tours by appointment – through the end of September, 2021.

info@leibercollection.org / 631-329-3288 / www.leibermuseum.org

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THE LEIBER COLLECTION HONORED BY THE TOWN & STATE         

East Hampton, NY – The Leiber Collection, located in Springs, has been honored by both the Town of East Hampton and the State of New York.

In a proclamation issued by the East Hampton Town Board and presented by Deputy Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc, it was declared “the Leiber Museum has been visited by thousands of students who regard Judith Leiber as a fashion icon and pioneer, and has welcomed visitors from virtually every state and several European, South American, and Asian countries who have made it one of the cultural monuments of East Hampton, therefore, the Town of East Hampton honors Judith and Gerson Leiber for their artistic achievements and cultural contributions to our community.”

The State of New York also issued a proclamation that was presented on the grounds of the Leiber Collection by State Senator LaValle and State Assemblyman Thiele. Their proclamation declared that “in East Hampton the Leibers have built a magnificent Palladian-style museum on seven acres of beautiful gardens…the legislative body is proud to extend its highest commendation to Judith Leiber for her dedication and commitment to her community and heritage.”

Earlier this year both Senator Gillibrand and Senator Schumer issued similar proclamations that commemorate and honor the artistic contributions of the Leibers.

The Leiber Collection is open and free to the public on Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays from 1 to 4 PM. For further information, please visit the www.leibercollection.org or email info@leibercollection.org

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ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

Judith Leiber Handbags

Since 2008, over one hundred and fifty of Judith Leiber’s most prized designs have been on permanent view at the Leiber Collection. Each display has been curated with attention to detail and design, encouraging visitors to view these iconic fashionable objects as works of art. This retrospective exhibition offers views not only on the development of Leiber’s acclaimed designs, but on the various advances made in the fashion industry during her fruitful career. To view the entire catalog for this exhibition, select the link below:

JL.MuseumCatalog.1.pdf

Antique Chinese Porcelains from Eight Dynasties (206 BCE to 1912)

The Leiber Collection’s 2008 inaugural exhibition Antique Chinese Porcelains from Eight Dynasties (206 BCE to 1912) features approximately 140 of Judith and Gerson Leiber’s rare Chinese porcelains. This eclectic collection contains pieces that date back thousands of years, as well as pieces that were created in the first years of the 20th Century. The exhibition offers vital cultural and artistic insights into China’s glorious past, demonstrating its magnificent contribution to the art and craft of porcelain pottery.

This exhibition remains on permanent display and can be viewed upon request in one of the collection’s private galleries. To view the entire catalog for this exhibition, select the link below:

Chinese Catalog