Friedel Dzubas: Gestural Abstraction

Friedel Dzubas: Gestural Abstraction
March 22-April 21 2018
Jungleskin, 1959


Over the Hill

Over the Hill and Untitled, 1957

Untitled, 1957 and Moonhunt

Over the Hill
Over the Hill, 1957, Oil on canvas, 69 5/8 x 106 1/4 inches

“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

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. Gestural Abstraction focuses on eight pivotal early works spanning the 1950’s and early 1960’s. A common thread among these oil paintings is Dzubas’s grand gestural brushstrokes, which prominently transform throughout Dzubas’s career, becoming an undeniable signature of Dzubas’s works. This exhibition is held in conjunction with the forthcoming release of the Friedel Dzubas monograph by author and editor Patricia L Lewy, Ph.D. The monograph is published by Skira Milan, 2018 and includes a preface by Michael Fried. 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.”

Friedel Dzubas (b.1915-1994) began his prolific five-decade career studying art while apprenticing as a wall decorator in his native Germany before fleeing his homeland in 1939 due to Nazi occupation. Once in New York City, Dzubas made a name for himself in the New York art scene befriending New York School artist’s and becoming a voting member of the Eight Street Club. Dzubas soon met a group of writers who introduced him to the work of the Trotskyist New York intellectuals, amongst whom included then editor of the Partisan Review and famed American critic Clement Greenberg. Greenburg became 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 an abstract expressionist, showing at famed historical annual group shows and galleries such as the Ninth Street Show, the Stable Gallery, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, and joining the Leo Castelli Gallery stable in 1958.

Dzubas was granted the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1966 and 1968. Additionally, in 1968, Dzubas won the National Council on the Arts award. Dzubas’s works are a part of numerous public and private collections such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculptural Garden, Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Parrish Art Museum, National Gallery of Art, Museum of Fine Arts-Houston, Princeton University Art Museum, Bank of America Art Collection, and BNP Paribas Foundation-Geneva, Yale University Art Gallery.

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