Julius Tobias “Abstractions of the 50s and 60s”

Shin Gallery (66-68 Orchard St.)

poster for Julius Tobias “Abstractions of the 50s and 60s”
[Image: Julius Tobias "Untitled" (1962) Oil on Paper, 24.5 x 18.5 in. © Courtesy of the Julius Tobias Estate and Shin Gallery]

This event has ended.

SHIN GALLERY presents Julius Tobias: Abstractions of the 50’s and 60’s, a project featuring artist Julius Tobias. Focusing on his 1950s and 60s body of works, the project recollects Tobias’s importance within Post-War American Art. The curated space located below the gallery will consist of paintings on both canvas and paper, showcasing the artists’ abstract and late neo-plastic works.

An enigma in the art world during his lifetime, Tobias was a monumental figure in the Abstract Expressionist movement in New York City. His transformative career from producing abstract paintings to conceptual sculptures spans over the course of seventy years. Inspired at a young age to be an artist, Tobias enrolled in American Art School where he stayed for a short period of time until becoming an Air Force bombardier during World War ll. After years in service, Tobias moved to Paris, France where he studied at the Atelier Fernand Leger and was influenced by socialist political views of the world. He continued this ideology as a humanist painter but altered paths in the 1950s-60s focusing on abstract compositions. Returning to New York in 1952, Tobias experimented with neo-plastic configurations inspired by Mondrian and gradually moved into nonobjective and gestural forms. His thick and loose brushstrokes were compared to his contemporaries such as Robert Motherwell and seen as poetic with
directional intent. His pieces indicated pure abstract expressionism, emphasizing spontaneity and improvisation.

In the project’s chosen artworks, Tobias exudes energy onto the canvas or paper creating a sense of movement.



from January 31, 2019 to February 17, 2019

Opening Reception on 2019-01-31 from 18:00 to 20:00


Julius Tobias

  • Facebook


    All content on this site is © their respective owner(s).
    New York Art Beat (2008) - About - Contact - Privacy - Terms of Use