Art of the Beautiful: Patricia Treib at Tibor de Nagy

Gallery Continues Tradition of Gifted Female Artists

Decorative Appeal Underlaid With Substance

Nell Blaine’s Summer Works Form Joyful Backdrop

When we left Magda Salvesen’s opening of her late husband Jon Schueller’s deeply felt, beautifully subtle abstracts from Scotland on Thursday night (Sep 6 Thu), at the David Frindlay Gallery at the 8th Floor of 724 Fifth (West side between 56th and 57th Street), we didn’t leave the building, but went up to the 12th Floor for another rewarding opening at the long established (fifty years old, fifteen years at this Fifth Avenue address) Tibor de Nagy gallery.

There on the same night, Fashion week’s celebratory Thursday, there was a show, Pieces (September 6-October 13), by the elegant and highly alert young woman painter and teacher at Brooklyn College named Patricia Treib, who has lived in Brooklyn for five years (in New York City for eight years) after studying at the Art Institute in Chicago, which followed her graduation with an MFA from Columbia In 2006, where she studied with Charline Von Heyl.

Bold, decisive flourishes

We found her work, on show September 6-October 13, 2012, uplifting in the largely sanguine tradition of the Tibor de Nagy (pron. NAHJ) gallery from its start sixty years ago, and decisive in composition in a line she has pursued for the last two years of big bold flourishes with the soft brushed look of watercolor.

At the show’s opening were her painter friends, such as Katie Loselle, and students who since they were all equally good looking, suggested to us that whereas in the days of yore the prettiest and most lively girls might crowd classes in the History of Art nowadays they choose to practice art, thus probably doubling the amount of talent coming into the arena. Two we spoke to – Beth Rush and Lizzette Bonfante – complimented Treib in unison for her encouraging support in allowing them to freely explore their own style and subject matter before offering facilitating suggestions.

Nell Blaine’s Decorative Joy

The youthfully happy atmosphere of the gallery was already suffused with color and beauty, in fact, since gallery co-owner Andrew Arnot (who has been there since 1993 with Eric Brown running its shows of a roster of artists that continue a tradition of decorative but meaningful work without much angst that began with Helen Frankenthaler and Larry Rivers and Jane Freilicher and even combination presentations of artists and poets, some of whom the gallery has published in notoriously imaginative print format) was simultaneously featuring an even more upbeat show by Nell Blaine (1922-1996), another uplifting female brush wielder long on the gallery roster who favored flowers and landscapes and other light and colorful representations of summer joys (A Glowing Order, Paintings and Watercolors, also runs from September 6 to October 13, see background of above pic).

Fashion Week Party Night Complements Upbeat Feel

Downstairs and outside and just as gay in mood, along 57 Street and up Madison Avenue, the last party night of Fashion Week was a glorious dressed up parade of crowds moving from one party to another or simply showing off to each others cameras on the sidewalk. When, after chatting to us, a female vision of bronzed skin and white embroidered cotton got off our bus at 64 street and Madison to go to Oscar de la Renta’s bash we regretted not going with her. The evening was carnival throughout.

For the complete set of photographs see OnlyGoodPhotos.

History of the Gallery

See New York Social Diary’s Jill Krementz visits Tibor de Nagy Gallery for the early history – “amorous, rivalrous and incestuous” according to the Times story When Art Dallied With Poetry on 53rd Street by Holland Cotter – of this storied gallery, which started off in the quarters of a marionette theater in a nearby brownstone. Notably, the gallery was showing female painters from its very beginning.

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