American, 1924-2007


oil on paper
signed lower right "Goldberg"
10 7/8 x 13 7/8 inches

  • Provenance: Mrs. Vera List, philanthropist and supporter of contemporary art, Greenwich, Connecticut; descended in the family to Private Collection, Connecticut; Shannon's, Milford, Connecticut, October 24, 2013, lot 74; Private Collection, California.

    Framed dimensions: 15 5/8 x 18 1/2 x 1 1/8 inches

    Michael Goldberg was born in the Bronx in 1924 and began taking classes at the Art Students League at the age of 14. Known as a second generation Abstract Expressionist, he studied under Hans Hofmann from 1940-1942. His studies were interrupted by World War II, when he enlisted in the US Army as a paratrooper and served in North Africa, Burma and India.

    In 1946 he returned to New York, resuming his studies at Hofmann's school and the Art Students League. Goldberg frequented the legendary Cedar Bar, a popular watering hole for many avant-garde artists living in lower Manhattan. It was there he became friendly with many of the New York School painters, including Franz Kline, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko.

    Goldberg participated in the landmark 951 Ninth Street Art Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture, now known simply as the Ninth Street Show, alongside de Kooning, Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler, Franz Kline and others.

    In the mid-1950s, Goldberg took over Rothko's studio in the Bowery, where he continued working until his death in 2007. Goldberg was also influenced by Roberto Matta and Arshile Gorky, but it was de Kooning, and his use of fiery brush-work and explosive color, who proved to be Goldberg's greatest influence. You can sense the influence of de Kooning in the present lot, Untitled, particularly in the compelling gestural brushwork and vivid colors along with the texture of the impasto.

    Goldberg received his first of ninety-nine solo exhibitions at Tibor de Nagy Gallery in 1953. His works can now be viewed in public collections across the United States, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Hirshhorn Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

    tags: works on paper, abstract, modern / contemporary, 20th century
  • Condition: In overall very good condition; not examined out of the frame; paper has stained from oil, apparent along the edges; some craquelure in areas of heavy impasto; slight imperfections to the corners; hinged at the top two corners, slipping from hinges; additional photos available upon request

    We are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Shannon’s is merely a subjective qualified opinion. Frames on all paintings are sold "As Is". Frames may need some conservation. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD “AS IS” IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE. 

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