Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Steven Leiber Obituary from the SF Chronicle

Steven Jon Leiber Passed away on January 28, 2012 in San Francisco after battling cancer. He was 54. Loving husband of Leigh Markopoulos, son of Paul and Arlene Leiber, and elder brother to Mitchell and David Leiber. An art and book dealer, collector, curator, publisher, and teacher, Steven conducted his affairs with fierce intelligence and passion, integrity, creativity, and a unique sense of humor. A graduate in art history from UC Berkeley and then J.D. in Law from Golden Gate University, Steven turned to teaching in recent years at the California College of the Arts. Truly invested in the creative process he generously supported his students and was a life-long advocate of emerging artists. Starting in his early twenties he rigorously scoured Europe and the US for overlooked artistic materials, at the time considered by-products of artistic processes, such as artist´s books, ephemera, multiples, works on paper and reference materials. His archive in San Francisco and stevenleiberbasement.com became a destination for many curious about the art and culture of the 60s and 70s. His unassuming manner, dedication, and encyclopedic knowledge leave a void for many students, curators, librarians, artists, and collectors. Donations may be made to the California College of the Arts for the Steven Leiber Scholarship Fund at 5212 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94618. Private services pending.

Update: Brief mentions in both Artforum and GalleristNY.

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