25 Years Representing 20th Century Modern Master Leon Bibel

Rising Up/1962
Leon Bibel; oil on canvas

Park Slope Gallery Spring 2019

It was time.

Having represented Leon Bibel in his lifetime, and his estate since his passing, there was a realization that more than a quarter of a century of connection needed a special toast. For our latest exhibition, we’ve devoted space to Leon’s early work… with examples of his participation in the Federal Art Project of the WPA in New York City.

But, the lion’s share (how apt for our Leon), is devoted to his “carpentered paintings”… mostly narrative wood sculptures done primarily in the 1970s…and his abstract paintings, done in the early 1960s. Some of these pieces have never been previously shown, and we are delighted to be revisiting some of our favorites. The astonishing virtuosity in so many media is quite stunning.

We’re also making available a pdf of Leon’s very comprehensive credits, so please let us know if you would like that sent to you via e-mail.

We’re also showing works by other 20th century artists as well as a revamped selection of 19th through 20th century American and Québecois folk art. As always, a wide selection of the work of our superb gallery artists is available, with each one having a selection in their sections on our website.

As you may have noticed, we are still revamping our website, trying to hone in on the way forward as technological changes never stop their constant morphing. Who ever thought that looking at fine art on a phone could or would ever make any sense? And yet, we have to somehow take that phenomenon into account. What is clear at present is that on different devices, and in different browsers, the site doesn’t always appear exactly as we would like it to. It is just a consequence of this new world that we’re in. At this point, after so many attempts at perfection across all platforms, we can always try do our best, but please know that it might not be as ideal as our vision. Hopefully any glitches will not get in the way of your enjoyment of the treasures we are presenting.

An announcement:
We’ve at last entered the modern age, and finally have a smart phone. That might be very hard for most people to imagine…that we actually lasted this long floundering in the medieval era of communication. We had, and actually still have, strong reservations about the technology…how it takes over so many aspects of privacy and seems to invade so much thinking time. This concern can’t be the focus here. We finally realized that some of the positive aspects are worth looking at.

As Rachel Maddow would say, por ejemplo, we thought that beyond having the images in the exhibition on our website with the information for each, perhaps with this new technology, we could make a short video of the spaces to show the work in the exhibition.

Luckily, we have a young videographer who is able to make that magical thing turn into reality (until we know how to actually use our new phone…that hasn’t happened for us quite yet). We hope to upload a short video onto our site in the near future that will give more of a sense of the “art in situ”.

Explore selections from the exhibition … click a thumbnail image below to browse through a slideshow. We eliminated pagination, so the first time you load the images, it might take a bit of time. Thank you for your patience.

Please enjoy! And, we’d love for you to visit…