Adrianne Lobel: Paintings and Tapestries Vernissage in Tribeca, March 22, 2022


Adrianne Lobel, Early Fall Tree, 2021, oil on canvas, 30 x 30 inches.

New York – Adrianne Lobel: Paintings and Tapestries opens at 72 Warren Street Gallery on March 22, 2022, where it will be on view until April 17, 2022. This exhibition coincides with the opening of L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato by Mark Morris at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), for whom Lobel designed the set.

Adrianne Lobel is a multidisciplinary American artist with a long career in set design for ballet, opera and theater, on and off Broadway, in major regional theaters and in Europe. She has also been painting for over two decades. This exhibition brings together twelve paintings and twelve tapestries created over the past year in a secluded stone house in Rhinebeck, NY. Surrounded by fields and woods, Lobel works outdoors, creating small plein-air paintings that become the basis for larger canvases made in her studio in Hoboken. Tapestries are, in turn, based on paintings, where the very nature of tapestry means the images become more abstract. Shown side by side, these images demonstrate Lobel’s obsession with translating nature.

The paintings and tapestries in this exhibition have much in common with Lobel’s theatrical three-dimensional designs, using bold volumes, intense colors and a decisive attention to line and geometry. This corpus is inspired by artists such as Sonia Delauney, Henri Matisse, Isamu Noguchi and Sophie Tauber Arp, as well as music, especially baroque. Lobel also channels her work with choreographers, notably Mark Morris, through whom she learned to complete a gesture and take form to its ultimate culmination.

Adrianne Lobel: Paintings and Tapestries coincides with the opening of L’Allegro by Mark Morris at BAM, which uses the Lobel scenography created in 1989 for the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. The set has been traveling the world for over thirty years and this is its third iteration at BAM. Inspired by Rothko and Albers, a series of translucent scrims and drops serve as abstract representations of shifting landscapes – sky, trees, sea, meadows, night. Moving at different times and speeds, these coordinate with the music and choreography, amplifying the emotions evoked by the dance. The keen understanding of color, line and movement embodied in this design is a constant presence throughout Lobel’s creative practice.

Exhibition details

Location: 72 Warren Street, New York, NY

Opening: March 22, 5-8 p.m.

Appointment: From March 22 to April 17, 2022

Hours: Tue–Sat, 11am–6pm

About Adrianne Lobel

Adrianne Lobel is an American multidisciplinary artist and scenographer. She has worked on operas, ballets and musical productions around the world, including with Donald Byrd, Eliot Feld, Mark Morris, Peter Sellars, Christopher Wheeldon and Francesca Zambello. Lobel has received numerous accolades for his designs, winning awards such as the Lucille Lortel, Obie, Lucille Lortel, Jefferson and Long Wharf’s prestigious Murphy Prize. A graduate of the New York Studio School, Lobel is also a practicing artist, with solo exhibitions in New York galleries including Carter Burden Gallery, Bowery Gallery and Walter Wickiser Gallery, as well as upstate. at the Atwater Gallery, Sharada Gallery, Marianne Corville Gallery and La galerie Mabbitsville. Lobel has also participated in group exhibitions, such as at the Julia Saul Gallery, curated by Isaac Mizrahi.


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