Michael Goldberg 1924 - 2007 American Abstract Expressionism/ New York School Painters
Michael Goldberg came to East Hampton in 1957, when, broke and unemployed, he managed to sell $20,000 worth of art and promptly rented a house from Elaine de Kooning’s sister and brother-in-law. He left the town eight years later, disillusioned that “meaning in that East Hampton world became less important than the bourgeois attitudes that surrounded it” (interview conducted in 2001 by Saul Ostrow, published in BOMB Magazine). A representative of the second generation of Abstract Expressionism, Goldberg is known for his aggressive, gestural abstractions. In the 1950s he was close to Arshile Gorky, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, and other artists associated with the Club, including Franz Kline, Joan Mitchell, and the poet Frank O’Hara. While the energy and bombast of the New York School gave way to Pop, Minimalism, and other movements, Goldberg never abandoned his high-spirited, aggressive style. As he once said, “I like the physicality of what I’m doing. I like the feeling of applying material to a surface. I push the paint around hard. I like that resistance.” He took over a Bowery studio from Mark Rothko and painted there until his death in 2007.
Michael Goldberg first came to East Hampton in 1957, when he rented a house from Elaine de Kooning’s sister.