Denise Bibro Fine Art, in Chelsea celebrates its exclusive representation of the Estate Of Leonard Rosenfeld with the gallery’s first exhibition one of the artist’s best series, Wire and Can Pieces: 1981-1991. These gritty, well-conceived works are comprised of recycled materials such as wire, fabric, cans etc.

Rosenfeld was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1926. After serving in WWII, he studied at the Art Students League in New York. Other than his time at the Art Students League; he is primarily self-taught. He found a place to work near the school and started to paint. He never looked back.

By the early 1950’s he was one of many artists, such as DeKooning, Franz Kline, and Jackson Pollack, who regularly visited the famous artists’ haunt— The Cedar Tavern— a hubbub of artists, writers, and critics that drank, discussed, and argued about art and the art scene.

Rosenfeld, like DeKooning and others of this crowd, had the uncanny ability to shift between representational and abstract modes. Many of these types of artists felt that they weren’t mutually exclusive. Rosenfeld’s work was not strictly abstract. He saw himself as an expressionist. His nature was not to be tacked to any one thing. His life’s works are always well-crafted and conceived even having, at times, a wanton trajectory. They were both with abandon and disciplined. Rosenfeld found a kindred spirit in artists like Van Gogh. Both having been rebellious, extremely talented- but resoundingly independent. Unique in developing their own styles and modus operandi.

Rosenfeld left many wonderful series of works, each commanding their own references and special attention. Now, we will concentrate on the Wire and Can Series because these works succeed in combining Rosenfeld’s skills, wit, and references in a unique and powerful way. Rosenfeld depicts snippets of life and people that he has experienced and observed carefully. Each work has a colorful, rich composition and a provocative narrative. Blues Man, evokes the rich musical history of the city and its milieu. Gunga Din Meets King Gong, illustrates the vast interest in the movie character at the time. Drawings from the series and a work called Busted Jew convey the artist reaching out and connecting with life and his Jewish identity. All of Rosenfeld’s work is jammed with a sense of urgency to say something with a compelling throb of emotion.

Rosenfeld has had numerous solo exhibitions and several two-person and group exhibitions. He showed with the famous dealer, Martha Jackson, in the sixties, and in the eighties with Ivan Karp, a noted dealer and the owner of OK Harris, NYC. He has exhibited at and/or has work in collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT. the National September 11th Museum, NYC. He has had numerous notices in the press, in the United States and internationally.

Click here to read Paul Laster’s review of “Wire Cans and Pieces: 1981-91” in Whitehot Magazine.


Estate of Leonard Rosenfeld
May 4 - July 15, 2017
Opens May 6, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


LR (numbers)

Leonard Rosenfeld, LR (numbers), 1984

No Strings Attached

Leonard Rosenfeld, No Strings Attached, 1980

MX Chief

Leonard Rosenfeld, MX Chief, 1983

Gunga Din Meets King Kong

Leonard Rosenfeld, Gunga Din Meets King Kong, 1986

Jailhouse Love

Leonard Rosenfeld, Jailhouse Love, 1981-86

Blues Man (horizontal)

Leonard Rosenfeld, Blues Man (horizontal), 1983-84

Chinatown- the Year of the Fish

Leonard Rosenfeld, Chinatown- the Year of the Fish, 1983-85

Channel Zero

Leonard Rosenfeld, Channel Zero, 1991

Watching the War on Television

Leonard Rosenfeld, Watching the War on Television, 1991

Angel Soldier

Leonard Rosenfeld, Angel Soldier, 1991

Black Gloved Drawing Man but Busted Jew

Leonard Rosenfeld, Black Gloved Drawing Man but Busted Jew, 1991

Hung Up Running Shoe and Man

Leonard Rosenfeld, Hung Up Running Shoe and Man, 1991

Sneaker Man

Leonard Rosenfeld, Sneaker Man, 1991

1/2 Finished Saint with a Pipe

Leonard Rosenfeld, 1/2 Finished Saint with a Pipe, 1990

Hung Up Man and Running Shoe

Leonard Rosenfeld, Hung Up Man and Running Shoe, 1990

Going to an opening in a Shirt and Tie

Leonard Rosenfeld, Going to an opening in a Shirt and Tie, 1990

Worn Out Running Shoe and Man

Leonard Rosenfeld, Worn Out Running Shoe and Man, 1990

Hung Sneaker

Leonard Rosenfeld, Hung Sneaker, 1990

One and the Same

Leonard Rosenfeld, One and the Same, 1990

Busted Jew Drawing

Leonard Rosenfeld, Busted Jew Drawing, 1990

But Busted

Leonard Rosenfeld, But Busted, 1990

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