Los Angeles

Michael Goldberg

Manny Silverman Gallery

Consisting wholly of decisive starts and sudden stops—of thick strokes of paint and their clear-cut interruption—Michael Goldberg’s newest paintings simultaneously punch themselves out as bold, graphic patterns and unravel with a reckless embrace of chaos’ inevitability. His insistently dishevelled abstractions demonstrate that a resolutely formal approach to painting in no way limits the visual energy an image is able to generate. The 69-year-old, second-generation Abstract Expressionist’s latest body of work continues Golberg’s life-long exploration of the viability of line, color, surface, and shape, yet elicits responses at odds with the harmony and resolve we have come to expect from Formalist abstraction.

Goldberg’s paintings share more than a passing resemblance to collage. Like that art, in which discordant fragments and unrelated elements are held together in ad-hoc constellations

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