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Crimson Spinning #2

Photo: Spike Mafford / Zocalo Studios. Courtesy of the Friday Foundation

Crimson Spinning #2


Adolph Gottlieb

American, 1903-1974

Adolph Gottlieb’s Crimson Spinning #2 is a characteristic example of his ‘Burst’ paintings, an iconic body of work that would occupy the artist from the mid-1950s into the 1970s. An extension of his earlier ‘Imaginary Landscapes’, the ‘Burst’ paintings similarly feature compositions with ovoid shapes in opposition with staccato brushstrokes—further explorations into the possibilities of formal and conceptual dichotomies. In Crimson Spinning #2, stillness and movement are captured in the dynamic juxtaposition of forms: a red orb and cluster of black brushstrokes appear suspended in two separate registers.
Oil on canvas
90 x 72 in. (228.7 cm x 182.9 cm)
Gift of the Friday Foundation in honor of Richard E. Lang and Jane Lang Davis
Provenance: The artist; [Galerie Rive Droit, Paris]; Private Collection, Paris; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Sherwood, Beverly Hills, via 1965 auction; [Marlborough Gallery, New York]; acquired from the above by Jane and Richard E. Lang, Seattle, 1972; Friday Foundation, Seattle, 2018; Seattle Art Museum, 2020
Photo: Spike Mafford / Zocalo Studios. Courtesy of the Friday Foundation
Now on view at the Seattle Art Museum


Exhibition HistoryLos Angeles, California, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, New York School: The First Generation, Paintings of the 1940s and 1950s, June 16 - Aug. 1, 1965. Cat. no. 35, reproduced p. 98.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, American Art: Third Quarter Century, Aug. 22 - Oct. 14, 1973. Cat. no. 23, pp. 14, 98, reproduced.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, The Richard and Jane Lang Collection, Feb. 2 - Apr. 1, 1984. Cat. no. 13, p. 27, reproduced.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, SAM at 75: Building a Collection for Seattle, May 5 - Sept. 9, 2007.
Published ReferencesA Community of Collectors: 75th Anniversary Gifts to the Seattle Art Museum. Seattle: Seattle Art Museum and University of Washington Press, 2008. Reproduced p. 31.

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