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Current Exhibit Big Redux: Friedel Dzubas "Mural Paintings"


Exhibition extended until April 2017

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Current Exhibit Big Redux: Friedel Dzubas "Mural Paintings"


Exhibition extended until April 2017

Installation Video of Crossing 1975 Directed By Bill Fertik

(Apocalypsis cum Figuras, AD 1975) Crossing (1975)  (149 x 675 in) Tower 49 Gallery East Lobby

Big Redux: Friedel Dzubas “Mural Paintings”

Curated by Patricia Lewy

November 9, 2015 - April 9, 2016

Opening reception November 9, 5:30-8:00 pm

(Crossing, 1975, will remain on view in the lobby through November 2016)

Tower 49 Gallery

12 East 49th St. New York, Lobby and 24th Floor

New York, October, 2015 - Tower 49 is pleased to present Big Redux: Friedel Dzubas “Mural Paintings,” a retrospective of the late artist’s large-scale paintings on canvas. The term “mural painting” was used by the artist specifically to describe Crossing, an epic sixty-foot wide continuous-weave canvas, believed to be the largest abstract painting of its kind. Originally commissioned in 1975 by Lewis P. Cabot for the Shawmut National Bank of Boston, Crossing was lost following its de-installation at the bank’s closure in 1991. After searching for over a year, curator Patricia Lewy, discovered that Crossing had exchanged hands through a long series of bank acquisitions that culminated in the collection of Bank of America. Its installation in the Tower49 Gallery lobby space will be the first public exhibition of the work in 24 years, and the first time it has been displayed in New York. Also on view will be eight examples of the artist’s monumental works, which could equally be considered “mural paintings.” All feature luminous viscerally-charged abstractions that flood open fields of canvas with a multiplicity of counterpoised color shapes. Dzubas’s paintings drew on a network of aesthetic influences – from 18th-century frescos by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo to the enveloping surfaces of Jackson Pollock – to create works of ambient atmospheres of visual and emotional force. The Tower 49 Gallery 24th floor exhibition space displays some of Dzubas’s small modelli (acrylic sketches) from which Dzubas scaled up his gargantuan “mural paintings” along with works from the 1960s that feature pulsating color shapes. ‘

 

Photo Credit: Phyllis Boudreaux Kellner

About Friedel Dzubas

Friedel Dzubas (1915-1994) was born in Germany and fled the Nazis in 1939, settling in New York City. He began exhibiting abstract expressionist paintings in the 1950s at the Ninth Street Show and had his first solo exhibition at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery in 1952, later joining the Leo Castelli Gallery, the Robert Elkon Gallery, and the André Emmerich Gallery. Group exhibitions included the Stable Gallery and French & Co., among others. His work is in the permanent collection of dozens of major institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of Art, and the Yale University Art Gallery.

 

About Tower 49 Gallery

Featuring exhibition spaces in both the lobbies and 24th floor of its Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill-designed building, Tower49 is one of New York City’s most unique and striking contemporary art commercial galleries. Under the direction of Artistic Director Ai Kato, the gallery’s mission is to originate exhibitions featuring acclaimed contemporary international artists such as Frank Stella, Natvar Bhavsar, Shigeno Ichimura, and Jules Olitski. Tower 49 Gallery provides a sanctuary of contemplation for those who access this extraordinary space to discover the important role that art plays in our daily lives.

 

© Video Courtesy of Bill Fertik

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BENNINGTON LEGACY: SCULPTURE BY WILLARD BOEPPLE, ISAAC WITKIN AND JAMES WOLFE


APRIL 30TH - OCTOBER 29TH, 2015

BENNINGTON LEGACY: SCULPTURE BY WILLARD BOEPPLE, ISAAC WITKIN AND JAMES WOLFE


APRIL 30TH - OCTOBER 29TH, 2015

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Exhibition Spaces


The expansive walls and high ceilings make the lobby of Tower 49® an ideal exhibition space to display artwork.

Exhibition Spaces


The expansive walls and high ceilings make the lobby of Tower 49® an ideal exhibition space to display artwork.

Tower 49®, a Skidmore Owings and Merrill, forty five story shimmering green glass office tower, displays works of art in the lobby galleries, including those by esteemed artists such as Frank Stella, Mark Di Suvero, Shigeno Ichimura and artists on the cusp of superstardom who were introduced by The Art Students League of New York.

For any inquires about the artworks please contact Ai Kato at aikato@t49gallery.com.

 

Open to the public: Monday Through Friday, 9am-6pm, or otherwise by appointment

 

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Main Lobbies


Main Lobbies


 

The lobbies of Gallery 49 were renovated in 2013 by award-winning architects, Moed de Armas and Shannon in an effort to create a venue that lends itself to thoughtful and public display of art. Special lighting was installed with hidden trollies along the perimeter from which paintings and pictures may be hung from the ceiling soffits. This renovation also fulfills the Landlord’s desire to benefit the public, the tenants of Tower 49®, and to appeal to a range of galleries and artists who might like to display their works.

The purpose of Tower49 Gallery is to integrate art into everyday life, enhance public enjoyment, and for art to be available and appreciated by everyone, including tenants of the building and the public.

Tower49 Gallery is truly a public space.

 
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East Lobby


The new lobby renovations allow artworks to be viewed from a unique perspective when hung on the 24' wall.

The newly installed state of the art mounting system allows for maximum flexibility and creative display.

East Lobby


The new lobby renovations allow artworks to be viewed from a unique perspective when hung on the 24' wall.

The newly installed state of the art mounting system allows for maximum flexibility and creative display.

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West Lobby


The west lobby accommodates both large and small works of art.

West Lobby


The west lobby accommodates both large and small works of art.

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Sky Lobby


The 24th floor Sky Lobby offers a spectacular view of Rockefeller Center and the Channel Gardens. The Sky Lobby provides an intimate environment for display of artwork.

Sky Lobby


The 24th floor Sky Lobby offers a spectacular view of Rockefeller Center and the Channel Gardens. The Sky Lobby provides an intimate environment for display of artwork.

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North and South Public Plazas


The tree-lined, spacious, open-air plazas on 48th and 49th Streets are excellent locations to display sculptures. These plazas welcome you into the expansive lobbies.

North and South Public Plazas


The tree-lined, spacious, open-air plazas on 48th and 49th Streets are excellent locations to display sculptures. These plazas welcome you into the expansive lobbies.

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Location


Location


Mere steps away from Grand Central Station and Rockefeller Center, Tower 49® stands in the heart of Midtown on 49th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues. It is a unique Class A, 16-sided glass office building. Designed by the architectural firm of Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Tower 49® is a structure of shimmering green glass and polished stainless steel.

The streamlined black granite concierge desk, incorporating the most updated security and Class E equipment, sits atop the newly installed Caldia Bianco Vero marble imported from Italy. Tower 49® is at the cultural center of Midtown.

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Exhibition Inquiries


Exhibition Inquiries


Please contact Ai Kato for any additional information, comments, pricing, or requests to visit the T49 exhibition spaces.

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