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Jane Freilicher, Window, 2011, oil on linen, 32 × 32".

Jane Freilicher

Tibor De Nagy Gallery

Jane Freilicher, Window, 2011, oil on linen, 32 × 32".

“She is not dangerous or rare, / adventure precedes her like a train, / her beauty is general, as sun and air / are secretly near, like Jane.” So wrote Frank O’Hara in an ode to Jane Freilicher that ably describes the art of his friend: Her paintings highlight the simplest subjects of wildflowers stuck in soup cans and pitchers, vast tracks of land on the East End of Long Island, and still lifes set up in her West Village apartment studio, often against a window looking out over the city’s rooftops and water towers. This exhibition, the artist’s twenty-first at Tibor de Nagy, was called “Theme and Variations.” Freilicher’s theme has always been the presence of living nature (even indoors and in the city). But the variations are what make that motif, in all its “general” beauty, empathetic—especially considering that she painted the same view for more than five decades, until

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