Gerson Leiber was an American Abstract Expressionist painter, sculptor, and lithographer who maintained a studio in Springs, New York from 1956 until his death in 2018. Born in Brooklyn in 1921, 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.
Leiber's influences, rooted in abstract expressionism, include Picasso, Braque, Matisse and Bonnard. 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."
Leiber has had dozens of solo exhibitions in the United States and Israel and his work is represented in more than 50 museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 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.
Leiber died in April 2018, the same day as his beloved wife, Judith, the famed handbag designer. The works of Gerson and Judith Leiber remain on exhibition at the Leiber Collection Museum and Sculpture Garden in Springs.
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
Yale Gallery of Art, New Haven, CT
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
The Library of Congress, Washington, DC
National Collection of American Art, Washington, DC
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Museum of FIne Arts, Boston, MA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY
New York Public Library, New York, NY
Malmo Museum, Sweden
Israel Museum, Israel
The New York Times, New York, NY
Brooklyn Museum Art School
Art Students League of New York
Royal Academy of Art in Budapest
National Academy of Design's Benjamin Altman Prize for the Figure
The Ralph Fabri Medal of Merit
The Museum of Fine Arts Purchase Award
The President's Award