adolph gottlieb


"Levitation" is arguably the most ambiguous and distinctive print Adolph Gottlieb (1903-1974) created. It has the essential elements of a classic Gottlieb: richly-colored monochromatic circular forms juxtaposed with a dynamic organic shape...But what does it mean and what do you see? 

Caviar20 has handled this distinctive print before and we've been amazed at some of the interesting interpretations of the work, from a disassembled hamburger to the face of a menacing creature. Yet how do we explain the title that Gottlieb gave to the work, and what is actually levitating here and what is affixed to the ground? 

While Gottlieb is one of the original Abstract Expressionist artists (along with Arshile Gorky, Hans Hoffmann, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko) works such as this one position him closer to the Color Field painters such as Kenneth Noland or Dan Christensen. 

While Gottlieb's work is the result of gestural painting, his work also posses a calm and almost contemplative energy that is often at odds with the aggressive and tumultuous images of his peers associated with Abstract Expressionism. 

Today Gottlieb's paintings are selling for upwards of $6 million at auction.  His iconic and elegant prints are a must-have for the young collector passionate about Abstract Expressionism. 

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Published by Marlborough Graphics

Signed, numbered and dated 1969 by the artist. 

From an edition of 90

30"H 22"W (work)

37.25"H 28.75"W (framed)

Very good condition

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