Saul Leiter: In My Room

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May 10 - June 30

Saul Leiter - Kissing (variant) c.1954 - Howard Greenberg Gallery

Kissing (variant), c.1954

Gelatin silver print; printed later 

9 7/8 x 9 7/8 inches 

Saul Leiter - Untitled (nude), date unknown - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Untitled (nude), date unknown 

Gelatin silver print: printed 1970s 

8 3/4 x 12 7/8 inches 

Saul Leiter - Inez (nude), date unknown - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Inez (nude), date unknown 

Gelatin silver print; printed 1970s

9 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches 

Saul Leiter - Untitled, 1970s-1990s - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Untitled, 1970s-1990s

Gouache, casein and watercolor on gelatin silver paper 

9 1/2 x 4 inches

Saul Leiter - Soames, c.1960 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Soames, c.1960

Gelatin silver print; printed 1970s

9 x 6 inches

Saul Leiter - Untitled, 1970s-1990s - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Untitled, 1970s-1990s

Gouache, casein and watercolor on gelatin silver paper 

4 1/2 x 5 1/8 inches 

Saul Leiter - Inez (nude), 1947 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Inez (nude), 1947 

Gelatin silver print; printed 1970s

3 7/8 x 6 inches 

Saul Leiter - Jean, c.1948 - Howard Greenberg Gallery

Jean, c.1948

Gelatin silver print; printed 1970s

8 7/8 x 13 inches 

Saul Leiter - Untitled, 1970s-1990s - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Untitled, 1970s-1990s 

Gouache, casein and watercolor on gelatin silver paper 

4 3/4 x 3 3/4 inches 

Saul Leiter - Soames (nude), c.1965 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Soames (nude), c.1965 

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1970

9 5/8 x 6 1/4 inches 

Saul Leiter - Untitled, 1970s-1990s - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Untitled, 1970s-1990s 

Gouache, casein and watercolor on gelatin silver paper

4 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches 

Saul Leiter - Soames (nude), c.1965 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Soames (nude), c.1965

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1970

9 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches 

Saul Leiter - Untitled (Inez, nude), date unknown - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Untitled (Inez, nude), date unknown 

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1970s

3 1/4 x 5 3/8 inches 

Saul Leiter - Untitled (Inez), c.1947 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Untitled (Inez), c.1947

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1947

10 5/8 x 15 1/2 inches 

Saul Leiter - Untitled, 1970s-1990s - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Untitled, 1970s-1990s 

Gouache and watercolor on gelatin silver paper 

5 x 7 inches 

Saul Leiter - Inez, c.1947 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Inez, c.1947

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1947

9 1/8 x 13 1/8 inches 

Saul Leiter - Jean Pearson, c.1948 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Jean Pearson, c.1948 

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1948

10 3/8 x 16 inches

Saul Leiter - Untitled (Barbara), date unknown - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Untitled (Barbara), date unknown 

Gouache, casein and watercolor on paper 

5 x 6 7/8 inches

Saul Leiter - Untitled, 1950s - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Untitled, 1950s

Gelatin silver print; printed 1970s

7 x 5 inches 

Saul Leiter - Soames, 1950s - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Soames, 1950s 

Gelatin silver print; printed 1970s

7 x 5 inches

Saul Leiter - Nude, 1950s - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Nude, 1950s

Gelatin silver print; printed 1970s

5 x 7 inches 

Saul Leiter - Untitled (Nude), 1950's - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Untitled (Nude), 1950s

Gelatin silver print; printed 1970s 

7 x 5 inches 

Saul Leiter - Untitled, 1970s-1990s - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Untitled, 1970s-1990s

Gouache, casein and watercolor on gelatin silver paper 

7 x 5 inches 

Saul Leiter - Untitled (Nude), 1950s - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Untitled (Nude), 1950s 

Gelatin silver print; printed 1970s 

4 3/8 x 4 3/8 inches 

Saul Leiter - Jay, c.1958 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Jay, c.1958

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1970

7 x 5 inches 

Saul Leiter - Nude, 1950s - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Nude, 1950s 

Gelatin silver print; printed 1970s 

7 x 5 inches 

Saul Leiter - Barbara Smoking, 1955 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Barbara Smoking, 1955 

Gelatin silver print; printed 1970s

7 x 5 inches 

Saul Leiter - Inez, 1947 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Inez, 1947

Gelatin silver print; printed 1970s

8 x 10 inches 

Saul Leiter - Jay, 1958 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Jay, 1958 

Gelatin silver print; printed 1970s

10 x 8 inches

Saul Leiter - Untitled (Nude), 1950s - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Untitled (Nude), 1950s

Gelatin silver print; printed 1970s 

7 x 5 inches

Saul Leiter - Untitled, date unknown - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Untitled, date unknown 

Gouache, casein and watercolor on gelatin silver paper

10 x 8 inches

Saul Leiter - Untitled, date unknown - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Untitled, date unknown 

Gouache and watercolor on gelatin silver paper

8 x 10 inches 

Saul Leiter - Barbara, c.1951 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Barbara, c.1951

Gelatin silver print; printed 1970s

8 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches

 

Saul Leiter - Untitled (portrait of woman), date unknown - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Untitled (portrait of woman), date unknown 

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1970

3 7/8 x 5 3/4 inches 

Saul Leiter - Inez, c.1947 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Inez, c.1947

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1947

6 3/4 x 9 1/4 inches

Saul Leiter - Faye, c.1950 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Faye, c.1950 

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1950

10 1/4 x 10 inches 

Saul Leiter - Untitled (New York), 1947 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Untitled (New York), 1947

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1947

13 3/8 x 9 inches

Saul Leiter - Untitled, 1987 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Untitled, 1987

Gelatin silver print with mixed media; printed c.1987

10 x 8 inches 

Saul Leiter - Kathy, c.1953 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Kathy, c.1953

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1953

10 x 9 3/4 inches 

Press Release

Saul Leiter’s intimate photographs of his muses over three decades will be on view at Howard Greenberg Gallery from May 10 through June 30, 2018. Deeply personal and contemplative, many of the images in Saul Leiter: In My Room share tender moments underscored by the subjects’ trust in the photographer. The exhibition, which includes work from the mid-1940s through the early 1960s, will be the subject of an upcoming book, also titled In My Room, to be published by Steidl/Howard Greenberg Library. Many of the 35 photographs in the exhibition are on public view for the first time. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, May 10, from 6-8 p.m.

 

Fed by thrilling recent discoveries from Saul Leiter’s archive, the exhibition reveals the world of the artist and the women in his life through his studies of the female figure. Often illuminated by the lush natural light of Leiter’s studio in New York City’s East Village, these black-and-white images uncover the mutual and empathetic collaboration between the artist and his subjects.

 

In the 1970s, Leiter planned to make a book of his nudes, but never realized the project in his lifetime. The exhibition and upcoming book offer a first-time look at this body of work, which Leiter began on his arrival in New York in 1946 and continued throughout the next two decades. Leiter, who was also a painter, incorporates abstract elements into these photographs and often shows the influence of his favorite artists, including Bonnard, Vuillard, and Matisse.

 

The prolific Leiter, who painted and took pictures fervently up to his death, worked in relative obscurity well into his eighties. Leiter preferred solitude in life, and resisted any type of explanation or analysis of his work. With In My Room, he ushers viewers into his private world while retaining his strong sense of mystery.

 

Leiter made an enormous and unique contribution to photography with a highly prolific period in New York City in the 1940s and ’50s. His abstracted forms and radically innovative compositions have a painterly quality that stands out among the work of his New York School contemporaries.

 

About Saul Leiter  

Saul Leiter (1923-2013) was born in Pittsburgh, the son of a rabbi who was a distinguished Talmudic scholar. In 1946, he moved to New York City to pursue his painting. Shortly after his arrival in New York he met the Abstract Expressionist painter Richard Pousette-Dart, who was experimenting with photography. Leiter’s friendship with Pousette-Dart, and soon after with W. Eugene Smith, and the photography exhibitions he saw in New York, particularly Henri Cartier-Bresson at the Museum of Modern Art in 1947, inspired his growing interest in photography.

 

Edward Steichen included Leiter’s black-and-white photographs in the exhibition Always the Young Strangers at the Museum of Modern Art in 1953. In the late 1950s the art director Henry Wolf published Leiter’s color fashion work in Esquire and later in Harper’s Bazaar. Leiter continued to work as a fashion photographer for the next 20 years and was published in Show, Elle, British Vogue, Queen, and Nova.

 

In the early 1980s Leiter was faced with financial difficulties that forced the closure of his Fifth Avenue commercial studio. For the next two decades he lived and worked almost in obscurity. In 2006, with the help of writer/curator Martin Harrison and Howard Greenberg Gallery, the groundbreaking monograph Saul Leiter: Early Color was published by Steidl in Germany. The “little” book became an overnight sensation with worldwide distribution and firmly established Leiter as an early pioneer in the history of color photography. In 2006, the Milwaukee Museum of Art held the first U.S. museum show of Leiter’s photographs.

 

Leiter’s work has been prominently featured in solo museum and gallery shows in the U.S. and Europe. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Victoria and Albert Museum; the National Gallery of Australia; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Milwaukee Art Museum; and the Yale University Art Gallery, among others.

 

About the Saul Leiter Foundation

The Saul Leiter Foundation, founded in 2014, is dedicated to preserving the art and legacy of the American photographer and painter Saul Leiter, and to the appreciation, advancement, and conservation of photographic works worldwide. The foundation maintains an archive of Leiter’s artwork and operates activities to promote the medium of photography through educational programs, exhibitions, books, and licensing. The SLF is working toward completing a catalogue raisonné to be made available for study by students, curators, writers, and art professionals. For more information, visit saulleiterfoundation.org.