August 21, 2013

EMAIL: Matthew Fisher responds to Adolph Gottleib


Hello Sharon,

I hope this summer finds you in good spirits and of course in the studio.
I was tickled to read your post on [Adolph] Gottlieb. For me, as well, he has long been an interesting painter. I tacked a picture of him "painting" by the studio door.

Last month I found 1969 WMAA retrospective of his and have spent these summer nights reading the easy and flipping through the images. As I worked on this small painting, I felt a strong connection to Gottlieb's Blasts. The circle form above and the brush work below, the deep space and complete flatness. Funny, but not surprising, that ideas/artists can surface at similiar times from different points.

Warmly,
M a t t

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Image at top: Matthew Fisher, Dragon's Tail, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 10 x 11 inches.

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Fisher's painting is currently on view in "Endless Summer,"  a lively group at Brian Morris, curated by Gary Peterson. The show features small work by Cortney Andrews, Gregory Botts, Amanda Church, Peter Dayton, Erik den Breejen, Lydia Enriquez, Nate Ethier, Matthew Fisher, David Humphrey, Elisabeth Kley, Osamu Kobayashi, Kerry Law, Judith Linhares, Liz Markus and Jennifer Watson.

 Adolph Gottlieb, Blast, I, 1957, oil on canvas, 7' 6 x 45 1/8 inches. MoMA collection, © Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

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