IN the halls of her youth, little Gabrielle Selz watched famous artists come and go, linger and party at the Central Park West home of her parents Peter Selz and his wife Thalia Cheronis Selz.
Peter Selz was curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) from 1958-1965, presiding like a king over the greatest abstract expressionists of the day.
Rothko, de Kooning, Tineguely, Giacometti, Kline, Pollack, Motherwell, Christo and countless others gathered around the man revered as “Mr. Modern Art.”
Gabrielle, usually accompanied by her older sister Tanya, observed the fascinating interplay from a child’s perspective. Her father — a gigantic force of nature — occupied center stage.