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Published on April 06, 2020

Sharing the Power of Art to Inspire and Console

Adolph Gottlieb

MIST, 1961, Adolph Gottlieb, 72 x 48 inches (182.9 x 121.9 cm), Oil on canvas, (Image courtesy of the Guggenheim Museum)

To this viewer, a child of the Cold War Era, Adolph Gottlieb’s  BURST series possesses a quality of foreboding. The images are frighteningly reminiscent of the aerial bursts of nuclear explosions. They also appear uncannily like the magnified images of the deadly pathogens, like COVID-19. Both war and pestilence have for centuries plagued humankind. One is transfixed by the sight, unable to look away as the horrors are unleashed.

Mark Gerard McKee, Ad. Prof. of Studio Art