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Adolph Gottlieb
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Born Brooklyn NY 14 March 1903. died in New York City 1974. American painter. Gottlieb was part of the Abstract Expressionism movement. In a letter written with Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman in 1943, Gottlieb wrote "Only that subject matter is valid which is tragic and timeless. That is why we profess kinship with primative and archaic art." This new generation of American artists rejected traditional Western painting based in representation. "They were attracted to the art of tribal peoples, who they believed, expressed their feelings directly in objects that resonated with psychic energy." By the mid 50's Gottlieb had developed his signature style "bursts". He continued with formulac variations on this theme until his death in 1974 . In 1992, a traveling show featuring 13 of Gottlieb's works was on exhibit at Mills College in Oakland, CA. The traveling show was organized by the Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation and traced the artist's work from his formative pieces, "Pictographs" made in the 40's and 50's to his "Bursts" of later years. 7/18/07 hgs.