Zabriskie Gallery, New York/Paris Season 1980

March 08, 2005 - April 16, 2005


Yasuo Kuniyoshi
Girl Dressing,  1928
pencil on paper
10 x 13 inches
Zabriskie Gallery, New York/Paris: Season 1980
The New York Times
Grace Glueck
March 18, 2005
When she set up shop in 1954, Virginia Zabriskie was said to be the youngest art dealer -- or gallerist, a preferred term in the trade -- in New York. Fifty years later, if no longer quite the youngest, she is certainly one of the best regarded, not only for her eye but for doing lively shows of what she believes in, regardless of art-world fashions or trends. In her New York and Paris divisions, she has mounted nearly 800 exhibitions of contemporary and modernist painters, sculptors and photographers, with emphasis on 20th-century American art, French and American photography, Dada and Surrealism. Her Paris gallery, which operated from 1976 to 1998, focused on the work of significant French and American photographers and created a rewarding exchange by bringing the former to New York and the latter to Paris. Her current show, ''Zabriskie Gallery, New York/Paris: Season 1980,'' celebrates the gallery's 50th year by revisiting its 1980 season, with a display of works from exhibitions mounted at that midpoint of its existence. And it reveals its proprietor's wonderfully eclectic taste, with objects like a classical ''Head'' (about 1909) in white marble by Elie Nadelman; a finely executed charcoal drawing (1936) of three biomorphic forms in space by the British abstractionist Paule Vezelay (above); a rugged ''Landscape for the Forties'' (1946) by the out-of-mainstream painter Arnold Friedman; and two superb photographs of stately trees by the German Albert Renger-Patzsch. Bravo! to this very lively place and its vibrant proprietor. Would that it could be around for another half century.