Adolph Gottlieb: Early Prints from the
Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation

November 7, 2006-January 28, 2007

An inventive painter and printmaker, Adolph Gottlieb (1903–1974) was one of a group of American artists, including Mark Rothko and William Baziotes, who laid the theoretical foundations for Abstract Expressionism in an infamous letter written to the New York Times in June 1943. This exhibition documents the etchings Gottlieb produced in his Brooklyn home between 1933 and 1946. Gottlieb’s prints are fascinating and complex works that trace the artist's development from stylized figurative work, through Surrealism, to his Pictographs of the 1940s. The AMAM's 1943 Gottlieb painting, The Rape of Persephone, will also be on view in this exhibition.

Organized by the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation.

Thursday, November 9, 5:30–7:00
Opening reception

Related Programming
Thursday, November 9
Classroom 1, 4:30 pm
“Adolph Gottlieb”
Sanford Hirsch, Executive Director of the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, will speak on Gottlieb’s work in conjunction with the opening reception of Adolph Gottlieb: Early Prints from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation.

Adolph Gottlieb (American, 1903–1974)
Hieroglyph, 1944
5 7/8 x 3 7/8 in.
©Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation

Adolph Gottlieb (American, 1903-1974)
The Rape of Persephone, 1943
Oil on canvas
Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College
Gift of Annalee (Mrs. Barnett) Newman in honor of Ellen Johnson, 91.41.2