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WHATEVER HAPPENED TO: THE TROUBLE WITH CHRISTIAN LEIGH

For a six-year run beginning in 1987, CHRISTIAN LEIGH was one of the most visible—and ambitious—independent curators in the international art world. Then he vanished. ALEXI WORTH looks back on an enigmatic impresario of many guises whose disappearance remains as mysterious as Leigh himself.

PRODIGY

In the mid-’90s, around the time that Christian Leigh went underground, or vanished, or worse (the more lurid versions of the story pictured him at the bottom of a Venetian canal), a curious fax began circulating through New York galleries. At the time, Leigh was a familiar figure in the art world—the most flamboyant of the independent curators who had risen to prominence with the bull market of the ’80s. But the fax had nothing to do with curating or with Leigh’s widely publicized disappearance. It was a copy of a profile from People magazine, dated September 5, 1983, and titled “Kristian Leigh

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