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Adolph Gottlieb

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Adolph Gottlieb searched for primordial meaning in the clash of simple geometrical shapes, irradiated with color and sometimes highlighted by a cloudy halo, as well as in his ostensibly spontaneous gestures, often stylized into bonelike, quasi-organic fragments. At the same time, each abstract form in his paintings, by reason of the density of its execution and often opaque color, has a blunt presence and imparts a profound sense of the irrational in itself. The surreal landscape of Black Sun, 1956, is characteristic: rectilinear shapes seem simultaneously carved and molded, hovering in the sky along with Gottlieb’s melodramatic sun, while below the horizon idiosyncratically organic shapes appear as though imprinted in the green earth, like recently uncovered fossils. As is evident in Enclosure, 1961, Gottlieb’s hunger for revelation was satisfied in both the weirdly individualized forms

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