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The pictographs of Adolph Gottlieb

Author: Lawrence Alloway
Publisher: New York : Hudson Hills Press in association with Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation, ©1994.
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The paintings created between 1941 and 1953 by Adolph Gottlieb, which he labeled Pictographs, were an early and important breakthrough in American art. Typically defined by their use of pictographic symbols, compartmented structure, and momentous content, they are among the first successful efforts by an American of his generation to create works of art that were informed by, yet independent of, the art of their  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Pictographs of Adolph Gottlieb.
New York : Hudson Hills Press in association with Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation, ©1994
(OCoLC)624394558
Named Person: Adolph Gottlieb; Adolph Gottlieb; Adolph Gottlieb
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lawrence Alloway
ISBN: 1555951147 9781555951146
OCLC Number: 30623533
Notes: "Tour itnerary: September 24, 1994-January 2, 1995, the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.; February 4-April 2, 1995, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine; April 21-August 27, 1995, the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York; November 30-January 28, 1996, the Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas"--Title page verso.
"Organized by Sanford Hirsch for the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation."
Description: 143 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
Contents: Adolph Gottlieb and art in New York in the 1930s / Sanford Hirsch --
Adolph Gottlieb : pictographs and primitivism / Evan Maurer --
Melpomene and graffiti / Lawrence Alloway --
The graphic sources of Gottlieb's pictographs / Linda Konheim Kramer --
The legacy of signs : reflections on Adolph Gottlieb's pictographs / Charlotta Kotik.
Responsibility: essays by Lawrence Alloway [and others].

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The paintings created between 1941 and 1953 by Adolph Gottlieb, which he labeled Pictographs, were an early and important breakthrough in American art. Typically defined by their use of pictographic symbols, compartmented structure, and momentous content, they are among the first successful efforts by an American of his generation to create works of art that were informed by, yet independent of, the art of their European contemporaries. The series contains a wealth of formal and conceptual ideas, which remained central to American paintings throughout the 1940s and 1950s and continue to echo in the work of today's artists. The Pictographs of Adolph Gottlieb, published in conjunction with an exhibition seen at The Phillips Collection, The Portland Museum of Art, Maine, The Brooklyn Museum, and The Arkansas Art Center, provides the first comprehensive survey of an important body of work produced by one of the seminal figures of Abstract Expressionism, who was also one of the most influential and successful artists of his generation. It presents sixty-five works in full-page color plates, chosen from more than three hundred in the series; many of them have not been reproduced in fifty years, and some are seen here for the first time. It also includes an intriguing array of essays by eminent scholars and critics exploring every aspect of the subject.

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