Lot 7: Adolph Gottlieb, “Rosy Mood,” Screenprint, 1967
October 27, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Screenprint in colors on Arches paper
Adolph Gottlieb (b.1903 -d.1974) - American Abstract Expressionist painter, printmaker, and sculptor.
Signed and dated “Adolph Gottlieb, 1967” in pencil on lower left, recto.
Numbered “47/75” in pencil on lower right, recto.
Published by Marlborough Graphics, New York
Associated American Artists, 46.
Sheet dimensions: 25 x 19 in (63.5 x 48.26 cm)
Framed dimensions: 37 x 31 x ¾ in (93.98 x 78.74 x 1.91 cm)
In June 1943, Adolph Gottlieb and Mark Rothko wrote a letter to The New York Times outlining the theoretical foundations for Abstract Expressionism: “We favor the simple expression of the complex thought. We are for the large shape because it has the impact of the unequivocal. We wish to reassert the picture plane. We are for flat forms because they destroy illusion and reveal truth.” Rosy Mood materializes this manifesto: a radically simplified red disc floats above a writhing black mass near the bottom, all set against a bold pink background. The bursts pictured here are some of Gottlieb’s most recognizable and sought-after motifs.
Adolph Gottlieb (American, b.1903 - d.1974)
Adolph Gottlieb was one of the few members of the New York School actually born in New York, studying in the city’s public schools before leaving high school to travel through Europe. Gottlieb attended classes at The Art Students League, Educational Alliance, and other local schools where he met early friends including Mark Rothko, John Graham, Milton Avery, and Chaim Gross. He was a founding member of the artist’s group The Ten (1935), and helped organize the Federation of American Painters and Sculptors (1939) and New York Artist-Painters (1943). Gottlieb had his first solo exhibition in 1930 and was the first of his colleagues to be collected by a major museum when the Guggenheim Museum purchased eleven works in 1945 and the Museum of Modern Art purchased a painting in 1946. During his career, Gottlieb had a total of thirty-six one-man shows, including a 1968 retrospective held simultaneously in New York at the Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Other solo exhibitions have been held in some of the world's best art museums including the Jewish Museum (1957); the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (1959); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (1963); and MOMA, New York (1974). After his death, he was awarded retrospectives by the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC, (1981); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (1981); Tel Aviv Museum (1981); Phillips Collection, Washington DC, (1994); Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York (1994); and many other institutions worldwide.
In overall excellent condition. Unexamined outside of frame.
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