Upcoming Show:

Friedel Dzubas: Gestural Abstraction opens Thursday, March 22nd, 6-8 and runs through Saturday, April 21st, 2018.

Friedel Dzubas: Gestural Abstraction

“Dzubas’s exemplary emphasis on motility, on activation, achieved by means of his painterly touch—“the malerisch deep inside him,” in the words of Clement Greenberg—is everywhere apparent.”–Excerpt from the essay on Friedel Dzubas: Gestural Abstraction by Patricia L Lewy, PhD

Loretta Howard Gallery is pleased to present Friedel Dzubas: Gestural Abstraction opening Thursday, March 22nd, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm, running through Saturday, April 21st, 2018. The exhibition focuses on eight pivotal early works spanning the 1950’s and early 1960’s. A common thread among these oil paintings is Dzubas’s expressive brushstrokes, which remain prominent throughout the artist’s career; an undeniable characteristic of his signature style. As Lewy explains:

"These works from the 1950s, in which Dzubas released his virtuosity in overt gestural abstraction, extended into his future production. The dramatic gestural expression through which he activated his painted surfaces over the next several decades begins with this masterful group of paintings. Dzubas would never completely eliminate such bravura brushwork, which would come to define his future paintings to extraordinary effect.”

This exhibition is being held in conjunction with the forthcoming release of the first scholarly monograph on the artist, edited and authored by Patricia L Lewy, PhD. The monograph is being published by Skira Editore, Milan and includes a short preface by Michael Fried.

Friedel Dzubas (b.1915-1994) was for all intents and purposes an autodidact beginning his prolific five-decade career as an apprentice to a wall decoration’s firm in his native Germany before fleeing his homeland in 1939 due to Nazi persecution. Once in New York City, Dzubas made a name for himself in the New York art scene befriending New York School artists, visiting their studios and club at 39 East Eighth Street. By 1948 Dzubas had participated in his first group exhibition, “Six Young Artist,” at the Weyhe Gallery and had met editor of the Partisan Review, American critic Clement Greenberg. Greenberg had become an advisor and friend to Dzubas, introducing him to Jackson Pollock and many other significant artists of the time. Through these relationships, Dzubas began to gain notoriety and respect amongst his peers. Throughout the 1950’s Dzubas established himself as a Second Generation Abstract Expressionist, exhibiting in group shows and galleries such as “Ninth Street: Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture,” the Whitney and Corcoran Annuals, the Stable Gallery, the Tibor de Nagy Gallery (his first one-person exhibition was given there in 1952), and the Leo Castelli Gallery in group shows in 1957 and 1958, as well as a one-person exhibition in 1958.

Dzubas was awarded three Guggenheim Fellowships in the years 1966, 1967, and 1968. Additionally, Dzubas became a member of the National Council on the Arts in 1968. Teaching extensively, from the 1940’s through the early 1990s, Dzubas influenced students from a range of universities throughout the United States, including the University of Florida, Cornell University, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Dzubas’s works are held in numerous public and private collections such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Parrish Art Museum, National Gallery of Art, Museum of Fine Arts-Houston, Museum of Fine Arts-Boston, Princeton University Art Museum, Bank of America Corporate Art Collection, and BNP Paribas Foundation-Geneva, and Yale University Art Gallery.

A fully illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition with an essay by Patricia L Lewy, Ph.D. For additional information and press inquiries, please contact Christiana Ine-Kimba Boyle at 212-695-0164 or Christiana@lorettahoward.com.

Loretta Howard Gallery Artist Updates:

Ronald Bladen and George Sugarman works featured in Abu Dhabi leg of Historical Inventing Downtowninternational exhibition
Photo credit: @Nyuadartgallery Instagram page

Ronald Bladen Japanese, c. 1956-1959 and George Sugarman's Four forms in walnut, 1959 both featured in the historical Inventing Downtown that toured this past year. NYU's Abu Dhabi Art Gallery was the exhibitions last venue, running October 4, 2017, through January 13, 2018.

Friedel Dzubas Monograph by Patricia L Lewy, Ph.D forthcoming release by Skira Milan, 2018
Friedel Dzubas by Patricia Lewy
The highly anticipated Friedel Dzubas Monograph written by Patricia L Lewy Ph.D will be published by Skira Milian, 2018. The exhibition Friedel Dzubas: Gestural Abstraction will be held in conjunction with the celebration of its forthcoming release. For more information on the release date please visit Friedeldzubas.org.

Shirley Goldfarb to be included in Denmark exhibition A Short History of Abstraction, Spring 2018.
Unititled, 1957
Shirley Goldfarb, Untitled (64), 1957, Oil on canvas, 7 x 5 1/2 inches

Shirley Goldfarb's Untitled (64), 1957 will be included in the Rønnebæksholm exhibition this coming Spring 2018.

Larry Poons featured in Sundance 18' Documentary The Price of Everything
Larry Poons
Loretta Howard Gallery is pleased to announce Larry Poons' featured in the Sundance nominated Documentary The Price of Everything, directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Nathaniel Kahn. Chronicling the role, dealers, auctioneers, and artists hold in weaving together the art worlds cultural and commercial tapestry, the film also features interviews with the likes of Jeff Koons, Gerhard Richter, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, and Larry Poons.

David Row's Split Infinitive, 1990 to included in Pepe Karmel's publication Abstract Art, Autumn 2019
Split Infinitive, 1990
David Row, Split Infinitive,1990, Oil on canvas, 88 x 116 inches

Scheduled for an Autumn 2019 publication date, Abstract Art will be a scholarly and original survey of abstract art, discussing the roots of abstraction in nineteenth-century movements as well its development in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Recent Installations by Loretta Howard Gallery Artists

Nicolas Carone at The New York Studio School
"The Thing Unseen: A Centennial Celebration of Nicolas Carone" curated by Ro Lohin will be on view, September 5th-October 15th, 2017, in conjunction with our exhibition, Nicolas Carone: Imaginary Portraits, September 7th-October 28th, 2017.

Richard Anuszkiewicz at Nassau County Museum of Art
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Richard Anuszkiewicz's "Magenta Fire" will be featured in Nassau County Museum of Art's Fool the Eye exhibition, curated by Franklin Perrell, November 18th, 2017 through March 4th, 2018.

Friedel Dzubas at Drake Anderson Interiors
Friedel Dzubas "Over the Hill" featured in the Associated Press, courtesy of Drake Anderson Interiors New York.

Cleve Gray at 717 Fifth Ave
717 fifth
Works from Cleve Gray's calligraphy series, (Clash #12, Considering All Possible Worlds #9, Untitled (1990), and Untitled (1991)) installed at 717 Fifth Avenue.

David Row at Five Bryant Park
Five Bryant Park
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Joel Perlman in Bridgehampton
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Larry Poons at Dennis Miller Showroom
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George Sugarman at 1440 Broadway
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Edward Dugmore at Greenstein Lab
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Edward Dugmore's "Aspen Quartet", "1961-R", and "1961- F" installed at The Greenstein Lab in Seattle, Washington.

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