Glorious Sky: Herbert Katzman's New York
Herbert Katzman (1923 – 2004) produced some of the most lyrical, contemporary representations of New York City, his adopted home since 1950. This Chicago-born painter first came to public notice in 1952 when Dorothy Miller included him in her seminal Museum of Modern Art exhibition Fifteen Americans along with the work of leading Abstract Expressionists such as Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. Katzman eschewed the prevailing mid-20th-century trend toward abstraction. Much of his work bears a resemblance to Whistler and members of the Hudson River School. Other works emphasize the inky blackness of the harbor at night or brilliant reds, oranges and purples of New York at sunrise and sunset. New York's waterways, atmospherically veiled in sunlight, mist, or rain, are a predominant subject for Katzman, and the city's familiar bridges, skyline, and landmarks figure prominently in his work.
Glorious Sky: Herbert Katzman's New York features more than 80 works—both paintings and works on paper—and is accompanied by an exhibition catalog of the same name.