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Starting Out: 9 Abstract Painters 1958-1971
The premise of the show, as outlined in the press release, is to highlight a different time not currently prominent in the art public's mind -- "the late 1950s into the 1960s." It was the period when the gallery championed the work of a new group of abstract painters, referenced as "the second-generation New York School."
Most of the exhibited artists continued to explore abstraction for the duration of their careers in one form or another. Others, such as Jane Freilicher (b. 1924), evolved to a place where she expressed her vision through representational images. The gallery states that for Freilicher abstraction was "a resting point." Ironically, it is her oil on canvas that is the first painting that greets the visitor upon arrival.
There are numerous connections between the different artists in the show -- such as friendships or student-teacher relationships. Part of the history of the Tibor de Nagy gallery is embedded in the camaraderie that grew within a community of artists, poets and writers.
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