Adolph Gottlieb

Adolph Gottlieb

Adolph Gottlieb was a key member of the Abstract Expressionist movement. Throughout his career, he created a unique and symbolic language aimed at eliciting a subjective, emotional experience within the viewer, as well as a transcendent escape from political and societal realities. Gottlieb was born in New York City in 1903. He took courses at the Art Students League, studied the European masters in Paris, and then returned to New York to finish his education at Parsons and Cooper Union. He soon became deeply involved in the avant-garde community around him, founding, along with painter Mark Rothko, a group of abstract painters called “The Ten.” Gottlieb had his first solo show in 1930, and in the 1940s his work was purchased by the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum, NY. In 1968, the Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum in New York co-organized a double retrospective exhibition of his work. The artist died in 1974, and was given posthumous survey shows at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Tel Aviv Museum, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, among others.

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