Friedel Dzubas

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Friedel Dzubas
Born (1915-04-20)April 20, 1915
Berlin, Germany
Died (1994-12-10)December 10, 1994
Auburndale, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Known for Abstract painting
Movement Color Field painting, Lyrical Abstraction
Awards Guggenheim Fellowship 1966, 1968

Friedel Dzubas (April 20, 1915 in Berlin, Germany – 1994 in Auburndale, Massachusetts) was a German-born American abstract painter.

Life and work[edit]

Friedel Dzubas studied art in his native land before fleeing Nazi Germany in 1939 and settling in New York City. In Manhattan during the early 1950s, he shared a studio with fellow abstract painter Helen Frankenthaler. He began exhibiting his Abstract expressionist paintings at this time.

His work was included in the Ninth Street Show in New York City in 1951, and in group exhibitions at the Leo Castelli gallery, the Stable Gallery, and the Tibor de Nagy Gallery among others. After the Ninth Street Show annual invitational exhibitions were held at the Stable Gallery throughout the 1950s. The poster of the second New York Painting and Sculpture Annual at The Stable Gallery in 1953, included an introduction by Clement Greenberg:[1][2]

In the 1960s he became associated with Color field painting and Lyrical Abstraction. He was included in Post-painterly abstraction a 1964 exhibition curated by Clement Greenberg. Dzubas was a friend of Clement Greenberg,[3] who in turn introduced him to Jackson Pollock and other artists.

His large work (up to 24 feet (7.3 m) wide) became more fluid.[4] During the last three decades of his career, Dzubas had more than sixty solo exhibitions around the world. He was represented by the André Emmerich gallery[5] and Knoedler Contemporary Arts in New York for more than thirty years. His works were exhibited at galleries including the Anita Shapolsky Gallery and the Jacobson Howard Gallery in New York City.[6][7][8] In 1976 he settled in Massachusetts, but also painted and lived in New York City, where his paintings were regularly exhibited.


He used Magna paint an oil based acrylic paint.[9] Magna was originally developed by the paintmakers Leonard Bocour and Sam Golden for and also used by Morris Louis. Dzubas would apply thick layers of color over washes, scrubbing the paint into the unprimed canvas. Dzubas used staining, brushing and other ways of applying color. His paintings were generally large in size and scale, but he made many very small paintings as well.[10]


He was a teacher and lecturer at:

he had the longest relationship with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where he taught from 1976 to 1983.

Selected Museum collections[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Stable Gallery 1953 Poster’’ Archived February 5, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ New York School Abstract Expressionists Artists Choice by Artists, (New York School Press, 2000.) ISBN 0-9677994-0-6 pp.20–21
  3. ^ "Post Painterly Abstraction". 
  4. ^ "Friedel Dzubas". Art Net. Archived from the original on May 25, 2011. Sudden (acrylic on canvas) 54.3 x 152 inches 
  5. ^ "Andre Emmerich Gallery records and Andre Emmerich papers, 1930–2008". Research collections. Archives of American Art. 2011. Retrieved June 17, 2011. 
  6. ^ Art Now Gallery Guide. 
  7. ^ AEF. "Anita Shapolsky Gallery – NEW YORK ART GALLERIES". 
  8. ^ "Judith Rothschild and Friedel Dzubas". 
  9. ^ Walter Henry (May 1989). "Solvents, Part 7: Solvents for Bocour Magna Paints". WAAC Newsletter. Archived from the original on March 1, 2000. 
  10. ^ "Untitled (Sketch), 1979". Art Net. 9.81 x 20.38 inches 

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