Adolph Gottlieb - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Wednesday, May 17, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Estate of the Artist
    Collection of Esther Gottlieb, New York
    Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, New York
    PaceWildenstein, New York
    Private Collection, Miami (acquired from the above by the present owner)

  • Exhibited

    Bennington College Gallery; Williamstown, Williams College Museum of Art, A Retrospective Show of the Paintings of Adolph Gottlieb, April 23 - May 23, 1954
    New York, Stable Gallery, Fourth Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, April 25 - May 21, 1955
    New York, PaceWildenstein, Adolph Gottlieb: Paintings from Four Decades, May 2 - July 14, 2008, no. 2, n.p. (illustrated)

  • Literature

    Samson Lane Faison Jr., "Art", The Nation, May 15, 1954, p. 428

  • Catalogue Essay

    "I adopted the term Pictograph for my paintings out of a feeling of disdain for the accepted notions of what a painting should be…I decided that to acquiesce in the prevailing conception of what constituted 'good painting' meant the acceptance of an academic strait-jacket. It was therefore necessary for me to utterly repudiate so-called 'good painting' in order to be free to express what was visually true for me” Adolph Gottlieb




signed "Adolph Gottlieb" lower right; further signed and titled ""PLUS" ADOLPH GOTTLIEB" on the reverse
oil and enamel on linen
36 x 40 in. (91.4 x 101.6 cm.)
Executed in 1950.

$120,000 - 180,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

New York Auction 17 May 2017