To us art is an adventure into an unknown world, which can be explored only by those willing to take the risks.
This world of imagination is fancy-free and violently opposed to common sense.
It is our function as artists to make the spectator see the world our way, not his way.
I do not worry whether what I am doing is art or not. If what I paint is expressive, if it seems to communicate the feeling that is important to me, then I am not concerned if my work does not have marked earmarks of art. My work has been called abstract, surrealistic, totemistic and primitive.. ..I chose my own label and called my paintings ‘Pictographs’..
Now let’s acknowledge the fact that to explain the meaning of painting is difficult. And when the form and the content are really new, there is not even a vocabulary with which to attempt to explain the new work. This is a problem for critics and a difficult problem. I think it is about time for the critics to face this problem, as well as the fact that there are a few new forms and ideas in modern painting, that these have validity, that they are here to stay and will be developed whether opposed or not… They should investigate the serious ideas underlying the painting which they malign.
Adolph Gottlieb, Apaquogue
Adolph Gottlieb, Imaginary Landscape, 1969, Oil on canvas
Installation view of “Adolph Gottlieb: Gravity, Suspension, Motion: Paintings 1954 – 1972.”
Adolph Gottlieb Notations (Anotaciones)
Adolph Gottlieb in his studio, ca.1942.
Photo by Aaron Siskind. © Aaron Siskind Foundation