Have you ever seen these abstract works of art before? These pieces are all from the Yale University Art Gallery. Have a look!
From the exhibition Many Things Placed Here and There: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery:
Though Herbert Vogel knew Michael Goldberg from the 1950s New York art scene, the Vogels did not begin acquiring Goldberg’s work until the 1970s, at which point the couple bought work directly from the artist’s studio in the Bowery. Goldberg experimented with dynamic gesture, vibrant color, and emotionally charged abstraction, all defining characteristics of Abstract Expressionism, which swept through New York after the Second World War. In Piede Vicentino, broad, bold brushstrokes and strong diagonals infuse the work with pervasive energy. The title of the series from which this work comes is taken from an early sixteenth-century album created by a Florentine architect, and famously copied by Michelangelo, that illustrates details of Roman buildings.
Oil on canvas (30 3/8 in) diameter
Merzbild mit Regenbogen (Merz Picture With Rainbow)
Mixed media on plywood
Kurt Schwitters coined the term Merz in 1919 to describe his assemblages of urban debris and everyday materials. He derived the title of his invention from the German word for commerce, kommerz. In Merzbild mit Regenbogen, raw wood and a wheel spoke project from a canvas painted with a rainbow, embodying Schwitters’s belief in the artistic viability of both materials designed to be of aesthetic interest and those that are not. He created deliberate confusion between painted shadows and those cast by three-dimensional objects, prompting viewers to question boundaries between the illusionistic and the real.