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Alfred Leslie

Alfred Leslie is an American artist known for his large-scale figurative artworks, in addition to Abstract Expressionist paintings and avant-garde films. Born on October 29, 1927 in The Bronx, NY, Leslie became a fixture in the city’s art scene during the 1950s after studying at New York University and the Art Students League. An integral member of the New York School alongside Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Al Held, he had his first solo show at the Tibor de Nagy gallery in 1952 and found international fame for his AbEx works. His later film Pull My Daisy (1958) featured prominent artists and writers of the time, including Gregory Corso and Allen Ginsberg. Though a studio fire halted a retrospective planned the Whitney Museum in 1966, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston presented one ten years later and focused Leslie’s painting practice. The ambitious artist, who currently lives and works in New York, NY, has remarked, “I used to think that if people said, ‘God that’s the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen,’ I was doing something good.”