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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Adolph Gottlieb: Selected full-text books and articles

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