Friedel Dzubas: Paintings of the 1950s

Bird of Paradise, 1958
Oil on canvas
95 x 48 inches
FRIEDEL DZUBAS Bird of Paradise, 1958, Oil on canvas, 95 x 48 inches

Opening reception: Thursday March 18th 6-8pm

Jacobson Howard is pleased to announce the exclusive representation of the Estate of Friedel Dzubas. The first exhibition of his work, Friedel Dzubas: Paintings of the 1950s opens March 18th and continues through April 17th 2004.

Paintings by Friedel Dzubas from the 1950s have been well represented in retrospectives, but not shown as a group since the artist exhibited with Tibor de Nagy Gallery at the time. The New York Times characterized this period as "sort of delightful rococo postscripts to the baroque thunder of Abstract Expressionism".

Friedel Dzubas is associated with some of the leading painters of the twentieth century, Jackson Pollock was his close friend, and he shared a studio with Helen Frankenthaler. A key member of the American Color Field School, Dzubas's paintings from the 50s address the contemporaneous concerns of American abstraction. Simultaneously, traces of Abstract Expressionism as well as his European heritage are evident, tying Dzubas to the German expressionists and earlier artists such as Caspar David Friedrich. Also well known as a teacher, Dzubas lectured at both the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1976-83) and Cornell University (1970-73).

Dzubas was the subject of a major retrospective at the Hirshhorn Museum in 1983 and more recently in 1998 at Tufts University Gallery, Medford MA. He has shown with Leo Castelli, André Emmerich and Knoedler Galleries in New York.