One Show, Two Cities:
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY: January 17–March 14, 2015
Manny Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA: February 21–April 18, 2015
Opening Reception at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery: Friday, January 16th / 6:00-8:00pm
Opening Reception at Manny Silverman Gallery: Saturday, February 21 / 5:00-7:00pm
(New York—January 7, 2015) Michael Rosenfeld Gallery is pleased to present Michael Goldberg: Making His Mark, Paintings & Drawings, 1985-2005, a single exhibition of paintings and works on paper running simultaneously in New York and Los Angeles. Spanning the last two decades of the artist’s career, the exhibition is the joint effort of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery on the East Coast and Manny Silverman Gallery on the West. Both galleries represent the estate of the artist, and the exhibition has been organized with the estate’s cooperation.
Michael Goldberg: Making His Mark signals the first solo exhibition of Goldberg’s work at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery and the first time the gallery has co-curated a bicoastal show. This collaboration enables both galleries to introduce new audiences to the vibrancy and relevance of Goldberg’s long career. Although Goldberg is best known for his large-scale, New York School paintings, a close look at his later work reveals affinities with graffiti art and an urban aesthetic placed in productive tension with the rigors of postwar American abstraction. Layered in image & texture, monumental in-scale, and featuring bold strokes, free gestures, and vibrant colors, works from 1985 to 2005 record in an abstract vein a period of intensified cultural and demographic transition even for an ever-changing city like New York. In this respect, the West Coast venue of Los Angeles is appropriate not only as the home of Manny Silverman Gallery, but as a complement to New York—a similarly diverse city affected by the social, political, and economic upheavals of recent decades and that has risen to prominence as a revitalized international art center.
A prominent figure in the New York art world since he emerged as a second-generation abstract expressionist, Michael Goldberg moved to the Lower East Side in the early 1960s. In 1951, his work was included in the groundbreaking Ninth Street Show, co-organized by Leo Castelli, Conrad Marca-Relli, and the Eighth Street Club, and featuring the work of Hofmann, Pollock, de Kooning, Kline, and others. But it was not until the late 1950s, when Martha Jackson Gallery began representing him, that Goldberg’s work gained widespread recognition. In 1960, he collaborated with close friend and poet Frank O’Hara