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         ADOLPH  GOTTLIEB     

adolph gottlieb


In Hans Namuth's portrait, the head of American artist Adolph Gottlieb floats like a punctuation mark in one of his own paintings. A leading figure among the Abstract Expressionists, Gottlieb outspokenly rejected illusionism in art. Although he explored the ideas of language and symbolism in paintings such as Sign, pictured behind him, Gottlieb avoided using symbols or letters from any known language. Instead he drew attention to the characteristics of the medium, the flatness of the canvas, the relations between space and shapes, and the qualities of light and depth apparent in pure color without reference to objects or subject matter.

Hans Namuth (1915–1990)
Gelatin silver print, 1962
Published May 1963
ARTnews Collection, New York City
©Estate of Hans Namuth
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