To commemorate its 60th anniversary, the Tibor de Nagy Gallery has opened its vaults to celebrate the art and artists that made it a famous name in the art world. The exhibition, “Tibor de Nagy Gallery Poets and Painters,” features works of artists and writers who emerged in the early 1950s, and would later be known as some of the definitive voices of their generation among artists in New York City. Tibor de Nagy opened his gallery in 1951, and, as fortune would have it, was one of the first galleries to begin showing this new, brash breed of artists.
What’s impressive about this show is that it is not limited to visual arts, but represents the unique, collaborative nature of the New York School, as it was termed by the press, showcasing cross-platform works by artists and poets like Larry Rivers and Frank O’Hara, among others. When viewing the works in the gallery, such as Fairfield Porter’s wonderful portraits of nearly every artist within the circle, there is a sense of community and camaraderie that makes the show more than just an exhibit. It is as though you enter the pages of a scrapbook, walking among the artifacts of the personal relationships shared by the artists, and are given the chance to travel back 60 years to a bohemian New York not often realized today. It just so happens, though, that their scraps turned out to be great works of art for our enjoyment.
Tibor de Nagy Gallery is located at 724 Fifth Avenue (btw. 56th & 57th St.), Suite 12.