Jane Freilicher

Theme and Variations

December 10, 2015 – January 23, 2016

Press Release

The Tibor de Nagy Gallery is pleased to present a selection of paintings and works on paper by the greatly admired painter Jane Freilicher (1924-2014). The show is the first the gallery will present since her death a year ago. It will comprise subject matter for which she is most closely identified including cityscapes, still lifes, and landscapes. Since the 1950s the artist pursued a distinctive and intimate painterly realism. The exhibition marks the artist’s twenty-first with the gallery.

The exhibition will explore the artist’s constancy and dedication to her subject: the views from the windows of her Greenwich Village apartment and her Long Island studio. Freilicher painted the same views since the very early 1960s, when she and her husband, Joe Hazan, built a house and studio in Water Mill on Long Island. Her paintings have also unintentionally served as history paintings. They act as a record of the ever-changing New York skyline and the disappearing open fields of the Long Island landscape.

The artist’s work has been exhibited and collected widely throughout the United States. Her paintings are included in major museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Her work has been the subject of numerous gallery and museum exhibitions, and was included in the Whitney Biennial in 1955 (then the annual), 1972, and most recently in 1995, attesting to the timelessness and continued relevancy of her art and vision. In 2004 a monograph on the artist’s work and career by Klaus Kertess with essays by Thomas Nozkowski and John Ashbery was published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc. In 2005 she won the American Academy of Arts and Letter’s Gold Medal in Painting, its highest honor. The Parrish Art Museum is currently presenting an exhibition of work by Jane Freilicher and Jane Wilson.