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Michael Goldberg, Knossos, 2007, oil stick and oil on canvas, 81 1/2 x 74".

Michael Goldberg

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery

Michael Goldberg, Knossos, 2007, oil stick and oil on canvas, 81 1/2 x 74".

This exhibition brought together paintings that Michael Goldberg made in the 1950s, at the beginning his career (he was born in 1924) and in the 2000s, near the end of his life (he died in 2007). The juxtaposition of his earliest and latest works indicate that the artist never really veered off course; he remained consistently concerned with the “physicality” of paint, which he liked to “push . . . around hard.” The “apparently haphazard composition, the hostile, indifferent surfaces” of his paintings, give the “impression . . . of being fragments of a vast, continuing process beyond [his] control.” Art historian John McCoubrey understood the new (American) art of the time to be characterized by “chance and accident.” Goldberg’s work satisfied McCoubrey’s conditions, and he emerged as an important figure in the so-called New York School of Abstract Expressionism. Indeed, the

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