Nature Composed: Paintings and Tapestries by Adrianne Lobel

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Nature Composed: Paintings and Tapestries by Adrianne Lobel


September 23 – December 31, 2023

Adrianne Lobel has been painting for over twenty years—a direction taken after her illustrious career as a stage designer for theater, film, dance, and opera in America, Europe, and Japan.

In this current series, Lobel organized and composed the chaos of nature. She is interested in the relationship of simple forms, line, and color in space. In the winter months, she takes her plein air paintings to her studio in Hoboken to make larger, cleaner versions of the “sketches.” Lobel also creates needlepoint tapestries from these paintings, which translate the images into something even more graphic and hard edged.

Adrianne Lobel is the daughter of well-known artist and children’s book author Arnold Lobel—creator of Frog and Toad.


About Adrianne Lobel
As a painter, Adrianne Lobel has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in New York City and Upstate New York. Before turning to painting fulltime, she enjoyed a decades-long career as an award-winning scenic designer for theater, opera, film, and dance. Her numerous Broadway credits include the Broadway productions of Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award winning musical PassionThe Diary of Anne Frank (both directed by James Lapine), On The Town directed by George C. Wolfe and A Year with Frog and Toad directed by David Petrarca. She also served as producer for A Year with Frog and Toad, which is performed widely around the country.

Collaborating often with Peter Sellars she designed scenery for his productions of Nixon in China (The Metropolitan Opera), Dr. Atomic (San Franciso Opera), The Rake’s Progress (Le Chatelet Paris), The Marriage of Figaro (Pepsico Summerfare NY), Cosi Fan Tutte (Pepsico Summerfare NY), The Magic Flute (Glyndebourne Festival Opera) and The Mikado (Chicago Lyric Opera.)

For director Francesca Zambello she designed the sets for An American Tragedy (Metropolitan Opera), Street Scene (Houston Grand Opera), Lady in the Dark (The National Theater, London) and the new musical Little House on the Prairie at The Guthrie Theatre – which she also helped develop.

Her scenic design work for choreographer Mark Morris includes L’Allegro, Il Penseroso ed il Moderato (La Monnaie-Brussels, BAM), The Hard Nut (La Monnaie Brussels, BAM), Orfeo ed Euridice (BAM, Edinburgh) Platee (The Royal Opera, London, NYCO), King Arthur (English National Opera and NYCO) and most recently Acis and Galatea at Zellarbach Hall San Francisco. She has also worked with choreographers Christopher Wheeldon, Eliot Feld, and Donald Byrd.

Lobel has worked in most major American regional theaters and extensively Off-Broadway. She has won the Lucille Lortel Award, the Obie Award, Long Wharf’s Murphy Award, The Joseph Jefferson Award, as well as Drama Desk, Maharam, Helen Hayes, FANY and Tony nominations.

As a painter, Lobel has had solo exhibitions in New York City at The Carter Burden Gallery, The Bowery Gallery, The Warren St. Gallery, Walter Wickiser Gallery, the New York Studio School and upstate at the Atwater Gallery, Sharada Gallery, Marianne Corville Gallery and The Mabbitsville Gallery. Group Exhibitions include: The 2017 New York Studio School Alumni Show, the Julia Saul Gallery (curated by Isaac Mizrahi), and the Julie Keyes Gallery (curated by George Negroponte).

She holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama and is a graduate of the New York Studio School Certificate Program where she recently won a Mercedes Matter award.


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