FRIEDEL DZUBAS "COLLECTIVE" MONOTYPE, 1982
Friedel Dzubas (1915-1994) was a Berlin-born, American abstract painter and a key artist associated with both the New York School and the Color Field movement.
Dzubas studied art in Germany before fleeing the Nazi regime in 1939, settling in New York City. During the 1940s, Dzubas circulated with some of the leading abstract painters in the city's vital art scene. One of Dzubas' first major group shows was the legendary 9th Street Art Exhibition in 1951. This exhibition acted as an informal debut of the New York School.
Dzubas worked in close proximity to, and was strongly influenced by, the emerging Color Field painters. He shared a studio with Helen Frankenthaler as she began pouring and staining her canvases. The two evolved and each surpassed the techniques embraced by the Abstract Expressionists.
This work is exemplary of Dzubas' use and love of powerful colors. The painter did not delve into printmaking with the same intensity as his contemporaries. However like many of the leading American artists in the late 1970s and early 1980s he did experiment with cast pulp paper, a process in which paper is pulverized and pressed into moulds. The technique was embraced for its texture and the unique way in which colors were absorbed and presented.
This dynamic and elaborate unique monotype features a sandy peach-tinted background with colorful shapes over top. Abstracted squares, circles, lines, and triangles demonstrate Dzubas' mastery of color and form. Shades of mint green, violet, sky blue, marigold, fuscia, orange, and blush pink create the shapes, furthering the visual intrigue when they are paired together or near other shapes.
Today Friedel Dzubas' works hang in the permanent collections of some of the most prestigious art institutions in the world; including, the Whitney Museum (NY), the Guggenheim (NY), the Smithsonian American Art Museum (NY), and the Albright-Knox (Buffalo).
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Untitled (GT/FD 1982 W8) aka "Collective"
Unique cast pulp paper monotype
Signed by the artist in pencil, lower right.
Titled and dated in pencil by the artist on verso
34”H 34"W (sheet)
Printed at the Garner Tullis Workshop (California)
Very good condition
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