American, 1924-2008

Untitled, 1959

oil on card mounted to canvas
signed upper left "Goldberg"
11 x 14 inches

  • Provenance: Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, New York (label on the reverse); Collection of Jane Wade, New York, New York; Estate of Jane Wade, Palm Springs, California; Manny Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles, California (label on the reverse); Private Collection, Atlanta, Georgia

    Framed dimensions: 13 x 16 x 2 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 to 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 Goldberg 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 1951 "Ninth Street Art Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture", now known simply as the "Ninth Street Show", alongside Willem 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 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 Expressionist, New York School, 20th century
  • Condition: in overall very good condition; a few areas of cracking in the impasto; pinholes apparent along the edges; a few minor areas of paint loss; no restoration apparent; additional photos available upon request

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