New York

Michael Goldberg

Galerie Denise Rene

Michael Goldberg’s long career has been marked by several changes in format and style. During the ’50s (when he was one of the leading lights of the Abstract-Expressionist “second generation”) his style vacillated between the expansive, theatrical, emphatically painterly drips and slashes of action painting and the evidences, tenuous or overt, of figuration. In the 1960s Goldberg modified his abstract vocabulary into graceful, erratic, still grandly scaled networks of lines and forms rendered against delicately hued fields.

By the first years of this decade Goldberg had subsumed formal detail into soft-focus orbs and bands; these did not define but were defined by the often garishly luminous coloration. In recent work formal concerns have restated their predominance over coloristic ones; now, Goldberg concerns himself with unified focal images, and with the sense of materiality that they

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