Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Michael Goldberg

A new record price was set for Michael Goldberg at auction last night at Christies. "Untitled" 1956 went for $205,000 (includes premium). image from Artnet.com. Click on the link to read the rest of their post about the auction.
I've been a fan of Mr Goldberg ever since my first visual encounter back when I was Googling things like "cursive", "gestural" and "writing in their paintings". But this one really surprised me because it looks so DeKooningish. It's been a while, so I Googled him again and came across the painting below, titled "Still Life" 1955, oil, paper, masking tape on canvas.
The image is from Artnet,com where they have 36 images of his works that date from 1949 to 2007. You know that these are not by DeKooning and yet that's the artist who immediately comes to mind. I almost expect to see two eyes and a set of teeth as in the Woman paintings.
So thank you Artnet, it's a treat to see 36 works by this artist in one place and to see the different influences and changes.
Also, check out the Seraphin Gallery where they have 21 watercolors and an oil.
And go here to see 2 more of his paintings on flickr by Prizmetrix that are in a wonderful photo stream of other abstract artists. Very nice context of artists.

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