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Adolph Gottlieb: 1956

September 25, 2005 - December 11, 2005

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All works by Adolph Gottlieb are © Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Works by one of the leaders of the first generation of artists known as Abstract Expressionists, Adolph Gottlieb (1903-1974) will be highlighted at The Hyde Collection from September 25 through December 11, 2005. Adolph Gottlieb 1956 will feature twenty-three paintings on canvas and on paper in the Museum’s Charles R. Wood Gallery.

The exhibition will provide a rare look at the artist’s progress as he moved from one major phase of his career to another. The show is organized by The Hyde Collection and the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation. A fully illustrated forty-eight page catalogue will accompany the exhibition which will include an essay by Sanford Hirsch, executive director of the Gottlieb Foundation, and an introductory essay co-authored by Randall Suffolk, director and Erin Budis Coe, curator of The Hyde Collection. "This is a unique opportunity to view a major artist as he was challenging his own and his colleagues’ assumptions about how far abstraction could go, while maintaining a vital connection to an emotional center. It is a central part of the story of Gottlieb’s generation of American painters," stated Mr. Hirsch. The catalogue will be available for purchase at the Museum store. The exhibition is sponsored by The Volunteer Committee of The Hyde Collection and The Post-Star.

Gottlieb’s career spans more than fifty years, longer than most of his colleagues. His Pictographs of the early 1940’s were among the first coherent body of paintings that departed from European Modernism. He was also one of the earliest of his generation to re-think the direction of his art, and to start fresh with his Imaginary Landscape and Unstill Life paintings of the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. These evolved into Gottlieb’s most popular Burst images, developed in 1956. The works that make up this exhibition will show the incredible variety and energy of Gottlieb’s work in that important year. They provide an unusual look at this artist and at the shift in direction that American abstract painting was about to make.

A Hyde Members-only exhibition opening reception will be held at The Hyde Collection on Saturday, September 24, 2005 from 5:30 to 7:30PM.
For Hyde membership information, call 518-792-1761, ext. 13.

Sanford Hirsch, executive director of the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation and co-author of the exhibition catalogue will offer an in-depth lecture on the life and work of Adolph Gottlieb at The Hyde Collection on Sunday, October 16, 2005 at 2PM. The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, founded in 1976, organizes and collaborates with other institutions in developing exhibitions that relate to the life and work of Adolph Gottlieb. The Foundation also administers two grant programs – an annual competition for visual artists and an emergency program to assist visual artists in need. The Gottlieb Foundation can be reached at 212-226-0581 or by visiting