Starting Out

9 Abstract Painters 1958 - 1971

June 5 – August 1, 2014

Jane Freilicher
Untitled Abstraction
c.1960
oil on canvas
49 x 50 inches

Edward Avedisian
Normal Love #1
1963
Liquitex on canvas
67 1/4 x 67 1/2 inches

Paul Feeley
Trajan
1960
oil-based enamel on canvas
69 x 46 inches

Abstract Landscape
1963
watercolor on paper
16 5/8 x 13 5/8 inches

Darby Bannard
Untitled
1962
ink on paper
8 1/2 x 11 inches

Edward Avedisian
Untitled
c.1970
gouache on paper
12 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Helen Frankenthaler
Two Live as One on a Crocodile Isle
1959
oil on unsized, unprimed canvas
82 x 55 inches

Kenneth Noland
Space of Red
1971
oil on canvas
93 3/8 x 19 3/4 inches
Gift from the Roland F. Pease Collection, 1997.11.12
Collection of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College

Darby Bannard
Yellow Rose #1
1963
alkyd on canvas
62 x 62 inches

Ralph Humphrey
Alma Court #1
1958
oil on canvas
84 x 66 inches

Paul Feeley
Untitled
1957-58
watercolor and graphite on paper
18 x 11 inches

Paul Feeley
Untitled
1958-59
watercolor on paper
16 x 11 inches

Kendall Shaw
Escatawpa Sunrise
1968
acrylic on canvas (6 panels)
96 x 168 inches

Many Parts
1962
oil on canvas
84 x 69 inches

Press Release

The gallery is pleased to present an exhibition that will comprise nine large-scale paintings and a selection of smaller works on paper by nine abstract painters. Each of the artists in the show exhibited with the gallery.

By the end of the 1950s, Tibor de Nagy Gallery was celebrated for its discovery and promotion of a group of young artists that became known as second-generation New York School painters. The original roster included representational painters Fairfield Porter, Larry Rivers, Nell Blaine, and Jane Freilicher, among others. What isn’t well-known is the gallery’s subsequent shift in favor of a group of younger abstract painters starting in the late 1950s into the 1960s.

The gallery continued to represent many of the artists from its original roster, with the exception of Helen Frankenthaler and Kenneth Noland, both of whom left the gallery by 1960. Many of the emerging artists painted in response to Abstract Expressionism, while for others their work from the 1960s was an organic outgrowth of work they were doing in the 1950s.

Most of these artists would go on to paint abstractions for their entire careers. However, for Edward Avedisian and for Jane Freilicher, their involvement with abstraction turned out to be a resting point, and both ultimately painted representationally. Freilicher had her first exhibition with the gallery in 1952. Toward the end of the 1950s, she started to paint luminous and atmospheric abstractions. By the mid-1960s the paintings coalesced into articulated landscapes.

The exhibition is a testament to friendships and a much smaller art world. It is also a testament to the gallery and its vital role in the changing art scene of the 1960s.