Epic Abstraction: Friedel Dzubas in the 1970s
Thursday, April 9 - Saturday, May 9, 2015
Loretta Howard Gallery is pleased to present Epic Abstraction: Friedel Dzubas in the 1970s, an exhibition in honor of the artist's centennial year. On display in the gallery, four monumentally scaled works from the 1970s are a testament to the bodily impact of his expressively painted compositions. In her catalog essay accompanying the exhibition, Patricia Lewy-Gidwitz explains that "By the 1970s, Dzubas's canvases have exploded into precessions of color shapes - great phalanxes of contrasting hues that travel across the surface with unparalleled directional force."
In addition to his canvases, an arrangement of the artist's acrylic working sketches hangs in the main gallery space. A vitrine of photographs and a working drawing from the artist's largest painting - a commission from Boston's Shawmut bank- gives further evidence to the rigor of his process. On view for the first time, a rare 1979 recording of a lecture given at The Emma Lake Workshop offers an instructive look at the depth of imagination and breadth of influence that underlie the works on display.