MICHAEL GOLDBERG

American (1924-2007)

PHILOSOPHER BY MOONLIGHT, 2002
oil on canvas
60 ⅞ x 59 ¾ inches

BIOGRAPHY

1924
Born December 24, New York, NY

1938
Studies at the Art Students League, New York, NY with Robert Brackman

1939
Begins painting

1941-42
Attends Hans Hofmann’s School of Fine Art, New York, NY

1942-46
Interrupts his artist studies to serve in the U.S. Army in North Africa, China, Burma and
India. Discharged April 1946. Establishes first studio on Sheridan Square. Marries Nina
Caiserman, a dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company (marriage is subsequently
annulled)

1948-50
Resumes classes with Hans Hofmann

1951
Exhibits work under the name Michael Stuart in the Ninth Street Show, curated by Leo
Castelli and the Artists Club. Begins work as a truck driver and loading dock laborer

1952
Moves to 28 East Second Street and becomes a member of the Artists Club. Meets and becomes
friends with the poet Frank O’Hara. Shows work in group exhibitions at the Tanager
Gallery and Stable Gallery, New York, NY

1953
First solo exhibition at Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY. Becomes a regular at the
Cedar Bar, a known gathering place for avant-garde artists and writers

1952-54
Shares a studio and has a relationship with Joan Mitchell

1955
Moves studio to 86 East 10th Street (near Milton Resnick and Willem deKooning).
Works included in U.S. Painting: Some Recent Directions, curated by Thomas B. Hess, the
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN. Paints Sardines

1956
First solo exhibition at Poindexter Gallery, New York, NY. Paints the monumental work
titled Madame Recamier as a reference to Jacques Louis David’s masterpiece

1957
Shares summer house with Norman Bluhm in Springs, East Hampton. Begins “House
Painting” series. Walter Chrysler buys seventeen paintings. Lee Krasner introduces him
to writer Patsy Southgate. Included in the Whitney Museum of American Art annual exhibition,
Young America 1957, exhibits three paintings including Still Life With Onion Roll

1958
Marries Patsy Southgate and becomes stepfather to Luke and Sara Carey Matthiessen.
Paints House of Medici, Split Level, and Summer House

1959
Gallery owner Martha Jackson purchases ten paintings

1960
First of four solo exhibitions with Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, NY. Collaborates
with Frank O’Hara on “Odes” (a book of poetry and silkscreens). Paints Georgica
Prospect, Brigham Young/House in Salt Lake which become part of a series, later named by
Klaus Kertesz as “Architecting Paint”

1961
Visiting Artist at the University of California at Berkeley

1962-63
Paints “The Red Paintings” inspired by the Golden Gate Bridge

1962
Acquires studio from Mark Rothko at 222 Bowery

1965-66
Admitted as patient to the New York Psychiatric Institute, divorces Patsy Southgate and
leaves Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, NY

1967
Discharged from the New York Psychiatric Institute. Visiting Artist at University of Minnesota.
Exhibits work at the opening of Bykert Gallery, New York, NY

1968
Meets artist Lynn Umlauf

1979
Marries Lynn Umlauf. Starts teaching at the School of Visual Arts, New York. First solo
exhibition at Galleria Peccolo, Livorno, Italy

1980
Together with Lynn begins to reside and work in Italy during the summer months at Le
Grotte Vecchie. Starts series of mixed media works titled “Codex Sermugnano”

1982-83
Starts series of paintings titled “Retreat from Landscape,” in which he abandons the
brush in favor of large oil sticks that he applies directly to the canvas

1984-85
Rents house for summer months in Pietrarubbia (Pesaro), Italy

1984
Included in the seminal exhibition Action Precision: The New Direction in New York, 1955-
60, curated by Paul Schimmel, traveled to six major US museums through 1986

1987-07
Rents a year-round farm house in Tuscany, Italy, in a town called Spannocchia outside of
Siena. Begins painting large canvases relating to the memory of Italian Masters of the
Renaissance and Florentine and Sienese Mannerism

1990
First solo exhibition at Lennon, Weinberg, New York, NY

1993
First solo exhibition at Manny Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1997
Goldberg Variations (monograph) published by Edizioni Primaprint

2007
First exhibition at Knoedler & Co., New York, NY

Michael Goldberg dies December 30 in New York, NY

2010
Retrospective exhibition titled Perpetual Motion: Michael Goldberg opens at the University
Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, CA

2013
Retrospective exhibition titled Abstraction Over Time: The Paintings of Michael Goldberg
opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL

2015
First solo exhibition at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY