A Painter’s Hand: The Monotypes of Adolph Gottlieb
October 6, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Adolph Gottlieb (1903 – 1974) is best known as one of the founding members of Abstract Expressionism in the United States. He was one of the leading artists of his generation responsible for forging a new identity for American art following World War II. Unlike most of his colleagues who concentrated their efforts on painting, Gottlieb completed major projects in various media including sculpture, tapestries, stained glass—and prints.
The monotype prints in this exhibition provide a unique look at Gottlieb’s final body of work, which comprise a requiem of his mature life and career. Gottlieb began these works in the spring of 1973, following his slow recovery from a paralyzing stroke and emphysema. His diminished energy limited his ability to paint, and he found that making monotypes allowed him to work for extended periods without the same level of physical exhaustion. Gottlieb’s monotypes explore the major themes of his career and show the artist’s deep joy and satisfaction in the manipulation of paint and plates.
The monotypes are the creative culmination of an artist nearing the end of his life.
The Museum’s West Gallery, adjacent to this exhibition of Gottlieb monotypes, features a 1946-47 Gottlieb work from the MMofA collection, in the collection-based exhibition “American Art: 1945-Present.”