Michael Goldberg And His Experimentations With Abstraction And Beyond


Michael Goldberg was an American abstract expressionist painter and mentor known for his action paintings, abstractions and still-life paintings. Born on December 24, 1924, in the Bronx, Michael Goldberg continued to live and work in Manhattan. Michael pushed the boundaries imposed upon second-generation Abstract Expressionists for more than 60 years. He studied Fine Art at the Art Students League in New York and studied with Hans Hofmann before and after the second World War.

Michael Goldberg

“For me, the concept of abstract painting is still the most primary visual challenge of our time,”Goldberg said. “It might get harder and harder to make an abstract image that’s believable, but I think that just makes the challenge greater.” He was sometimes referred to as a member of the “second generation” of Abstract Expressionists. He breathed his last on December 31, 2007.

Michael Goldberg

Goldberg’s work defines classification, having undergone numerous changes throughout his prolific career. He had painted dynamic, gestural canvases; monochromatic, minimalist works; grids; calligraphic images; patterned or striped paintings, and experimented with collage. By 2003, he had had 99 solo exhibitions. His work was first displayed at Tibor de Nagy in New York in 1953.  

Michael Goldberg came into prominence in the late 1950s- early 1960s, just as Colour Field, Hard-edge painting and Pop Art emerged onto centre stage. With the change of fashions in the art world, his main accomplishments as a painter were not sufficiently recognized by contemporaries and sometimes overlooked, just like for many budding artists. Fortunately, by the 1970s and 1980s the trends shifted and his work began to achieve recognition and appreciation. Goldberg, then enjoyed a long, successful, and a celebrated career as an abstract painter. 

Click here to see more of Michael’s work.  You might also like to read Artist Kari Bienert: Painting The World With Colour-Infused Energy Patterns.


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