Leon Golub: Live & Die Like a Lion? is the first major museum exhibition to focus on the late drawings of the American artist Leon Golub (1922—2004). This presentation will feature approximately 50 oil stick and ink on Bristol board and vellum drawings made between 1999 and 2004. It will also include Golub’s only existent unfinished painting—a chalk sketch of two lions—which he started in 2001 but never completed, as well as preliminary ‘background’ drawings and the artist’s original source material from a variety of wide-circulating periodicals. Although he was most often noted as a painter, Golub used drawing as a foundational tool in his practice. The drawings on view mark a stylistic and thematic shift from a long-term preoccupation with the atrocities of the external world towards an exploration of the personally revelatory. The resulting works are candid examples of an aesthetic immediacy and newfound freedom in the artist’s late work. This exhibition is curated by Brett Littman, Executive Director of The Drawing Center, and will travel to the Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (September 21, 2010—December 12, 2010) and The Museum Het Domein, Sittard, Netherlands (January 22, 2011—April 24, 2011).
Image: Leon Golub, LIVE & DIE LIKE A LION?, 2002, Oil stick on Bristol, 8 x 10 inches. Collection of Anthony and Judith Seraphin, Seraphin Gallery Philadelphia, PA. Art © Estate of Leon Golub/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Courtesy Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York. Photography by: Cathy Carver.
Exhibition Walk-Through | Sunday April 25, 2:00 PM
Panel Discussion | Thursday May 6, 6:30 PM
New York Gallery Weekend | Saturday May 8, 2:00 PM