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ADOLPH GOTTLIEB (1903-1974)

 
ADOLPH GOTTLIEB - Azimuth - oil on canvas - 95 3/4 x 144 1/4 in. ADOLPH GOTTLIEB - Azimuth - oil on canvas - 95 3/4 x 144 1/4 in. ADOLPH GOTTLIEB - Azimuth - oil on canvas - 95 3/4 x 144 1/4 in. ADOLPH GOTTLIEB - Azimuth - oil on canvas - 95 3/4 x 144 1/4 in. ADOLPH GOTTLIEB - Azimuth - oil on canvas - 95 3/4 x 144 1/4 in. ADOLPH GOTTLIEB - Azimuth - oil on canvas - 95 3/4 x 144 1/4 in. ADOLPH GOTTLIEB - Azimuth - oil on canvas - 95 3/4 x 144 1/4 in. ADOLPH GOTTLIEB - Azimuth - oil on canvas - 95 3/4 x 144 1/4 in. ADOLPH GOTTLIEB - Azimuth - oil on canvas - 95 3/4 x 144 1/4 in. ADOLPH GOTTLIEB - Azimuth - oil on canvas - 95 3/4 x 144 1/4 in.
Azimuth196595 3/4 x 144 1/4 in.(243.21 x 366.4 cm) oil on canvas
Provenance
The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, New York
Private Collection, London
Pace Gallery, New York
The Collection of Mornton and Barbara Mandel, 1993
Sale: Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale, Featuring the Collection of Morton and Barbara Mandel, 2 Dec 2020, Lot 118
Private Collection, California
Literature
J. Margold, "He Sees Twin Bill Part of Long Run," Newsday, 16 February 1968 (illustrated).
''You Should Pardon The Expressionism," The Daily News, 16 February 1968 (illustrated).
L. Alloway,
...More... "Melpomene and Graffiti," Art International, XII, April,1968.
C. Andreae, "Adolph Gottlieb," The Christian Science Monitor, 23 July 1968 (illustrated).
D. Fry, "IMA Hosts Show of Gottlieb Abstracts," The Indianapolis Star, 16 May 1982 (illustrated).
 
 
 
 
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“To us art is an adventure into an unknown world, which can be explored only by those willing to take the risks.” – Adolph Gottlieb

History

Having spent a major part of his life by and on the sea, Adolph Gottlieb maintained a strong connection with nature. Yet, as much as the relationship between art, nature and experience is reflected in his work, Gottlieb emphasized that he was freed from the desire or need to transcribe that experience in traditional terms: “I never use nature as a starting point. I never abstract from nature I never consciously think of nature when I paint.” Unhindered by nature as the dominant force, his principal concern was one of self-discovery and the world of highly personal reflections. It is the ability to embrace the psychological manifestations of color and form and to express inner forces rather than being a reflection of experience or ideas.

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    Adolph Gottlieb at the Whitney Museum with Stewart Kranz, 1968 Shown: “Units #2”, “Azimuth”, “Units #3”
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    Adolph Gottlieb at work in his studio circa 1965
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    “Nadir”, 1952
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    “Counterpoint”, 1966, oil on canvas, 48 x 72 in. Aldolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation
“I want to express the utmost intensity of the color, bring out the quality, make it expressive.” – Adolph Gottlieb

MARKET INSIGHTS

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  • The record price for an Adolph Gottlieb painting at auction was set in 2009 when Cool Blast (1960) sold for over $6,500,000. Cool Blast is an example of Gottlieb’s iconic “Burst” imagery of circles and lines in dynamic dichotomy.
  • The graph prepared by Art Market Research shows that since 1976, works by Gottlieb have increased at a 9.1% annual rate of return. 2019 is the peak of the artist’s market thus far.
  • The top 4 auction records for Gottlieb are held by works from his lauded Burst series, which he began in 1957. Azimuth emerged from both his Burst and Imaginary Landscape series, especially seen in the black graphic line and circle within a cyan puddle in the lower register. This painting hones the tense symmetry of the Burst series.
  • Azimuth is an exceptionally monumental painting, even for an artist who produced large paintings. The only paintings sold at auction that match it in size are: Trinity (1962) in 2011 at 80 x 185 in., Antipodes (1959) also in 2011 at 89.5 x 182.9 in., and Green turbulence (1968) in 1989 at 94 x 157 in. Antipodes and Green turbulence exceeded auction estimates.

Top Results at Auction

"Cool Blast" (1960), oil on canvas, 90 x 70 in. Sold at Christie’s New York: Tuesday, May 13, 2008 for 6,537,000 USD Premium.
“Cool Blast” (1960), oil on canvas, 90 x 70 in. Sold at Christie’s New York: Tuesday, May 13, 2008 for 6,537,000 USD Premium.
"Bonac" (1961), oil and enamel on linen, 90 x 60.2 in. Sold at Christie’s New York: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 for 4,812,500 USD Premium.
“Bonac” (1961), oil and enamel on linen, 90 x 60.2 in. Sold at Christie’s New York: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 for 4,812,500 USD Premium.
"Transfiguration" (1958), oil on canvas, 90 x 60 in. Sold at Sotheby’s New York: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 for 4,450,500 USD Premium.
“Transfiguration” (1958), oil on canvas, 90 x 60 in. Sold at Sotheby’s New York: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 for 4,450,500 USD Premium.
"Green Over Black" (1960), oil on canvas, 90 ¼ x 59 ¾ in. Sold at Sotheby’s New York: Thursday, November 17, 2016 for 4,062,500 USD Premium.
“Green Over Black” (1960), oil on canvas, 90 ¼ x 59 ¾ in. Sold at Sotheby’s New York: Thursday, November 17, 2016 for 4,062,500 USD Premium.

Comparable Paintings Sold at Auction

"Bastille Day" (1961), oil on canvas, 48 x 72 in. Sold at Christie’s New York: Thursday, December 3, 2020 for 750,000 USD Premium
“Bastille Day” (1961), oil on canvas, 48 x 72 in. Sold at Christie’s New York: Thursday, December 3, 2020 for 750,000 USD Premium
  • Sold in the same auction from the same collection (The Collection of Morton and Barbara Mandel), though half the size of Azimuth, which accounts for a lower sale price – only $60,000 less.
  • Earlier date of 1961, the same year as Bonac, the second highest auction record for Gottlieb, and only one year after Cool Blast, the record.
  • Uncharacteristic example as Gottlieb seldom makes obvious reference to a symbol embedded in cultural or national use. This work’s title, stripes and red, white, and blue palette suggesting the French flag.
"Green Over Black" (1960), oil on canvas, 90 ¼ x 59 ¾ in. Sold at Sotheby’s New York: Thursday, November 17, 2016 for 4,062,500 USD Premium
“Green Over Black” (1960), oil on canvas, 90 ¼ x 59 ¾ in. Sold at Sotheby’s New York: Thursday, November 17, 2016 for 4,062,500 USD Premium
  • As the fourth highest auction record for Gottlieb currently, Green Over Black exhibits Gottlieb’s most favorable composition: two figures in vertical format, a circle of color suspended over a hash of dark lines.
  • The palette of cyan and black upon a white background is very similar to Azimuth.
  • Green Over Black is painted the same date (1960) as Gottlieb’s auction record, Cool Blast.
  • This work falls into his Burst series, which Azimuth stylistically emerges from.
"Swing" (1970), oil on canvas, 72 x 90 in. Sold at Sotheby’s New York: Thursday, May 16, 2019 for 1,820,000 USD Premium
“Swing” (1970), oil on canvas, 72 x 90 in. Sold at Sotheby’s New York: Thursday, May 16, 2019 for 1,820,000 USD Premium
  • While smaller than Azimuth, Swing is a recent sale of a horizontal work. The painting achieved a higher price than Azimuth a year and a half later, at the peak of Gottlieb’s market.
  • Auction records for Gottlieb date to early 1960s. This work from 1970 gives a better sense of how works later in the decade, like Azimuth, might fare.
  • Swing is also on a white background.

Paintings in Museum Collections

"Rolling II" (1961), oil on canvas, 72 ¾ x 90 ¾ in., Los Angeles County Museum of Art
“Rolling II” (1961), oil on canvas, 72 ¾ x 90 ¾ in., Los Angeles County Museum of Art
"Above and Below, I" (1964-65), oil on canvas, 90 x 108 in., Museum of Modern Art New York
“Above and Below, I” (1964-65), oil on canvas, 90 x 108 in., Museum of Modern Art New York
"Duet" (1962), oil on canvas, 84 x 90 in., High Museum of Art
“Duet” (1962), oil on canvas, 84 x 90 in., High Museum of Art
"Excalibur" (1963), oil on linen, 84 x 90 in., The Whitney Museum of American Art
“Excalibur” (1963), oil on linen, 84 x 90 in., The Whitney Museum of American Art
“To my mind certain so-called abstraction is not abstraction at all… on the contrary it is realism of our time.” – Adolph Gottlieb

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