Adolph Gottlieb

Adolph Gottlieb, 1903–74, American painter, b. New York City. Gottlieb studied under John Sloan and Robert Henri. In the 1940s he created pictographs which were stylized, primitive symbols set in a gridlike pattern. His abstract dynamic canvases of the following decade (e.g., Frozen Sounds, Number One, 1951; Whitney Mus., New York City) placed him in the front ranks of abstract expressionism. Many of his later works, called bursts, display large fiery circles over a network of spiky lines.

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Topics in American Art since 1945
Lawrence Alloway.
W. W. Norton, 1975
Librarian’s tip: "Melpomene and Graffiti: Adolph Gottlieb's Early Work" begins on p. 25
Adolf Gottlieb
Wilkin, Karen.
New Criterion, Vol. 21, No. 4, December 2002
The Triumph of American Painting: A History of Abstract Expressionism
Irving Sandler.
Harper & Row, 1976
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 15 "Adolph Gottlieb"
American Artists on Art from 1940 to 1980
Ellen H. Johnson.
Westview Press, 1982
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Adolph Gottlieb begins on p. 10
Adolph Gottlieb. (Reviews)
Kuspit, Donald.
Artforum International, Vol. 41, No. 1, September 2002
A Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Art
Ian Chilvers.
Oxford University Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "Gottlieb, Adolph (1903-74)" begins on p. 249
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