Friedel Dzubas, German/American (1915 - 1994)

 

Born in 1915 in Berlin, Germany; died 1994 in U.S.A.
Teacher at: Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire (1962); Institute of Humanistic Studies (1965-66); University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (1968-69); Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (1969-70s)

In the 1930s in Germany, fought against the rise of Nazism and was a member of the Young Communists Left Berlin for London, England in 1939, and immigrated to the United States in 1940.

In New York, Dzubas was a friend of Clement Greenberg, who in turn introduced him to Jackson Pollock and other Abstract Expressionist artists. Dzubas was a great admirer of Greenberg's theories on modern painting
A member of the Societe Anonyme, he was a close contact of Katherine Dreier and designed their first catalogue in 1950
Shared his New York studio with Helen Frankenthaler
Along with Sam Francis and Helen Frankenthaler, an important artist of the Color-field painting movement
Guggenheim Fellowship, 1966 and 1968
National Council on the Arts Award, 1968

STUDIED
Some biographical sources say that he was a student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin from 1931-1934, while others say that he was an autodidact

EXHIBITED
Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York
Galerie French & Co., New York
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
Post Painterly Abstraction, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California
Form, Color, Image, Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan
American Painting Now, American Pavilion, Expo 1967, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Color and Field, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Cleveland Museum and Dayton Art Institute, Ohio
Abstract Painting in the 70s, Boston Museum of Fine Art, Massachusetts
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

MUSEUMS AND COLLECTIONS
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Guggenheim Museum, New York
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, Florida
Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, Georgia
Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey
Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, New Jersey
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, New York
Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York
Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Massachusetts
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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