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Adolph Gottlieb

Marlborough Gallery | New York

Adolph Gottlieb’s first one-man show in New York since 1967 rounds out the series we’ve seen this fall of new paintings by major Abstract Expressionists. Despite his recent serious illness his familiar images—the blasts or burst and the imaginary landscape—look stronger than they have in many years. He has even broken with his expected vertical format to create a huge horizontal triptych. The usual system is to bisect the canvas horizontally into broad areas of nuanced ground. He then activates one or both sides of this separation with sky or earth symbols. Gottlieb’s retinal color operates to full advantage in configurations which oppose the heat of red, pink, orange, and brown to the tonal temperature drops of black, blue, and gray. Between the figure and the ground he often employs the mediation of a vibrating halo or encircling textured area which simulates the effect of a halo. This

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