The Creeks

  • Michael Goldberg, The Creeks, 1959, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David K. Anderson, Martha Jackson Memorial Collection, 1981.109.10

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The Creeks is named for a sixty-acre estate in East Hampton, New York, which served as a summer gathering place for abstract painters in the 1950s, although it contains no recognizable references to either the house or the extensive gardens. Instead, reading meaning involves examining the way black is applied on top of blue and the insistently horizontal and vertical laying down of white, green, and yellow that give structure and reveal which strokes came first. Twenty years after painting The Creeks, Goldberg said he finally realized that he had always been concerned with “the human architectural response to nature and nature itself.”

Modern Masters: Midcentury Abstraction from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2008
The Creeks
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52 x 47 3/4 in. (132.1 x 121.3 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David K. Anderson, Martha Jackson Memorial Collection

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oil on canvas
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