Arrested Motion: Friedel Dzubas 1961-1971 and Roberto Caracciolo Seeing Red: A Decade of Work

Eastward, 1971, Magna acrylic on canvas, 58 x 203 inches

Arrested Motion: Friedel Dzubas 1961-1971

Loretta Howard gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Arrested Motion: Friedel Dzubas 1961-1971

Friedel Dzubas (1915-1994) is often identified by his ties to the New York school of Abstract expressionists. He was associated with Jackson Pollock in East Hampton and from 1952 to 1953 shared a studio with Helen Frankenthaller. While his earlier works bear the hallmarks of the New York School by the 1960s the artist had begun to empty and simplify his canvases. The large-scale paintings on view in this exhibition trace the artist’s trajectory from frenetic brushwork to diffuse color.

It was during the 1960s that the artist secured his reputation as a painter of great merit, and a mainstay of color field painting. “ In 1964 the artist was included in the seminal exhibition Post Painterly Abstraction curated by Greenberg at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Karen Wilkin describes the canvasses from this time as “typical of the fresh, lucid color abstraction of those years.” As the artist continued to empty and simplify his picture plane his treatment of movement shifted from one of illustration to suggestion. Instead his luminous canvasses are scattered with exuberant color, free from reference. Determined to “let color speak as directly as possible” the artist began to explore a combination of minimal forms, awash in negative space. By the 1970s these forms appear as if caught in arrested motion, a still frame of dramatic color.

Roberto Caracciolo in his studio in Rome

Seeing Red: A Decade of Work

Loretta Howard gallery is pleased to announce “Seeing Red: A Decade of Work”, an exhibition of recent paintings by Roberto Caracciolo. His square canvasses take the modernist grid as their starting point. Like Mondrian and Slutzky before him the artist suggests the grid as a framework, something to be transmuted by the artist. His painterly marks to do not simply float against negative space but become part of a dynamic structure of color. The artist has created matrix for reflection and examination, where paint is caught in motion across carefully constructed space. The 13 paintings in Seeing Red function as a poem set in the key of one color.

Roberto Caracciolo lives and works in Rome. He has exhibited extensively in New York, Italy, France and Germany including a number of solo exhibitions at Andre Emmerich Gallery in New York. The artist currently teaches at New York University in Florence and Temple University in Rome.

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