Jerome Liebling - Butterfly Boy

Jerome Liebling

Butterfly Boy, New York City, 1949

Vintage gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1949

11 x 14 inches

Jerome Liebling - Boy and Car

Jerome Liebling

Boy and Car, New York City, 1949

Gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1970

11 x 14 inches

Jerome Liebling Union Square, New York City

Jerome Liebling

Union Square, New York City, 1948

Gelatin silver, printed ca. 1970

12 x 15 inches

Jerome Liebling - May Day

Jerome Liebling

May Day, Union Square Park, New York City, 1948

Archival pigment, printed 2007-2011

AP from an edition of 1 + 1AP

30 x 36 in. (76.2 x 91.4 cm)

Jerome Liebling - Lower East Side, New York City

Jerome Liebling

Lower East Side, New York City, 1947

Gelatin silver, printed ca. 1975

11 x 14 inches

Jerome Liebling Snow, Clothes, Roof, Brooklyn, New York

Jerome Liebling

Snow, Clothes, Roof, Brooklyn, New York, 1948

Vintage gelatin silver, printed ca. 1950

11 x 14 in

Jerome Liebling - Bahamian Migrant Worker

Jerome Liebling

Bahamian Migrant Worker, Le Sueur, Minnesota, 1953

Archival pigment, printed 2007-2011

40 x 29 1/2 in. (101.6 x 74.9 cm)

Jerome Liebling - Eddie Libman, Handball Playe

Jerome Liebling

Eddie Libman, Handball Player, Miami Beach, Florida, 1977

Archival pigment, printed 2007-2011

33 x 33 in. (83.8 x 83.8 cm)

Vintage print available - please inquire

Jerome Liebling - Morning in Monessen

Jerome Liebling

Morning in Monessen, Pennsylvania, 1983

Archival pigment, printed 2007-2011

30 x 40 in. (76.2 x 101.6 cm)

Jerome Liebling - Women and Peaches

Jerome Liebling

Women and Peaches, Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, 1995

Archival pigment, printed 2007-2011 

30 x 40 in. (76.2 x 101.6 cm)

Jerome Liebling - Woman and Fur Jacket

Jerome Liebling

Woman and Fur Jacket, Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, New York, 1982

Chromogenic Print, printed ca. 1995

30 x 24 in

Jerome Liebling - SoHo at Night

Jerome Liebling

SoHo at Night, New York City, 1989

Archival pigment, printed 2007-2011

Edition of 2 + 1AP 

33 x 44 1/2 in

Jerome Liebling - Miner's Wife

Jerome Liebling

Miner's Wife, Hibbing, Minnesota, 1983

Archival pigment, printed 2007-2011

40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm)

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

Jerome Liebling: Matter of Life and Death
Exhibition: March 13th - April 19th, 2014
Opening Reception: March 13th, 6-8pm

Steven Kasher Gallery is proud to announce its representation of the estate of Jerome Liebling (1924-2011) with the exhibition Jerome Liebling: Matter of Life and Death. Curated by Liebling’s daughter, filmmaker Rachel Liebling, the show includes both early vintage photographs and later large-scale prints in black and white and color. Spanning six decades, the 75 photographs in the show comprise a retrospective of selected works that explore the themes of youth, maturity, and death. 

Liebling's images capture unguarded intimacy on both sides of the lens. He reveled in subjects and places where fortitude battled against decay. “My sympathies have always been with the everyday people; they are the center of my photography,” Liebling said. “There is a sublime and special respect that is ordinary, but which I think I sometimes push to heights of importance.” Former student Ken Burns called Liebling “a fierce warrior, insisting on a kind of justice, a kind of truth, and an utterly American vitality. He saw in every individual his or her own worth.”            

Liebling's body of work defies easy categorization. He was in his element in both color and black and white; at home on New York City streets or in Massachusetts apple orchards. In his last years, Liebling used digital printing with the deftness and refinement of a master to create new interpretations of his most iconic images. "Liebling's large-scale photographs are revelatory," wrote Boston Globe critic Mark Feeney. “Monumental but not overbearing, these pictures are hard to imagine as having been any other size." Many have never been exhibited until now.

Jerome Liebling grew up in Brooklyn, a first-generation son of European immigrants. During World War II, Liebling served in the 82nd Airborne. He enlisted to fight for a cause he believed in but returned from military service with a staunch anti-war sentiment that endured his entire lifetime. Back home, he enrolled at Brooklyn College under the G.I. Bill and studied design with the painter Ad Reinhardt and photography with Walter Rosenblum. In 1948, Liebling joined the Photo League, a socially minded photographers’ cooperative, where, along with Paul Strand, W. Eugene Smith and Aaron Siskind, he took to the streets to focus his lens on undocumented corners of urban life.

At Hampshire College, where Liebling taught from 1969 to 1989, his educational philosophy had a powerful impact on generations of photographers and filmmakers. The story of his influences was the subject of a New York Times feature by Randy Kennedy in 2006 (http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/19/arts/design/19lieb.html?_r=0).

Jerome Liebling's photographs are held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington; and the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, among many others.

Jerome Liebling: Matter of Life and Death will be on view March 13th – April 19th, 2014. Steven Kasher Gallery is located at 521 W. 23rd St., New York, NY 10011. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 AM to 6 PM. For more information about the exhibition and all other general inquiries, please contact Maya Piergies, 212 966 3978, maya@stevenkasher.com.