Leon Golub Dead Certanties + The Blue Tatoo

Colossal Heads II, 1960 lacquer on canvas 81 x 131 in

Included in the exhibition are examples of work from Golub's earlier periods (or cycles). In this relatively early work Golub calls forth two massive, thickly-painted figures. While the figuration of Dubuffet comes to mind via the simple frontality of the forms along with the thickness of the impasto, this painting is psychologically bleaker. There is a tortured quality to the surface that makes Dubuffet look almost mannered. The angst sensed here foreshadows Golub's continuing fascination with the downside of the human condition. If totemic figures are mythology in the abstract, then in his new, more episodic paintings he names names...