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Saul Leiter at National Arts Club

Saul Leiter
December 1, 2014 - January 3, 2015

Opening Reception:
Tuesday, December 2, 6pm to 8pm

National Arts Club
15 Grammercy Park South
New York, NY


Saul Leiter (1923-2013) 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. Well-known for his color work, Leiter’s distinctive imagery stems from his profound and touching response to the dynamic street life of New York City.


In 2006, the groundbreaking book Saul Leiter: Early Color was published by Gerhard Steidl in Germany. The ‘little book,’ as he humbly spoke of it, became an overnight sensation with worldwide distribution and firmly established Leiter as an early pioneer in the history of color photography. Leiter’s work has been prominently featured in solo museum and gallery shows in the U.S. and in Europe. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Whitney Museum of American Art; and the Yale University Art Gallery, among others.


This exhibition at The National Arts Club represents a selection of images from the book Saul Leiter: Early Color. The images range in date from 1950-1962. Most of the images from the book and in this presentation were taken close to Leiter’s home on 10th Street in the East Village where he lived for over sixty years.