Friedel Dzubas | 2021
Dzubas was born in Berlin and studied at the Prussian Academy of Fine Art under Paul Klee while in Dusseldorf from 1936-39. In 1939 Dzubas fled to the US via London and became and American citizen.
In the 1960s, Dzubas began exhibiting in NY. These works are characterized for a brevity of gesture and an emphasis on luminosity of oil paint applied in thin veils of color. Dzubas is a noted color field painter in the NY School.
Passlof grew up in NY. Attended Queens College and then Black Mountain School for a summer, studied under de Kooning, of who she came back to NY with his encouragement. She worked, took classes from de Kooning and was part of the art scene. She helped renovate the 8th street loft, which was the first location of the “Club”. Interest in biomorphic forms of Gorky and de Kooning informed by existentialist philosophy of Abstract Expressionism.
Born in Russia but moved to NYC with his family at five years old. They settled in Brooklyn where he attended public schools. At age 14, he enrolled at Pratt Evening School in Brooklyn – the Commercial Art Program, however, a teacher there suggested he would be better suited for fine art. So, he enrolled at the American Artists School in NYC. Here he met and befriended Ad Reinhardt. His father forbade him to become an artist, so in 1934 at the age of 17, he moved out and supported himself as an elevator operator while attending art school.