“Vertical No. 17” by Sandra Gottlieb

SUMMER – 2009

During the summer months of 2009, I visited the Rockaway Beach seashore in Queens, New York each day at sunset. Some days held a bright orange-pink sky, while others were gray and foreboding.

A keen interest in abstraction informs my images, incorporating colors and shapes as well as subject matter into my compositions.

Using only the water and sand in most images allowed me to create a minimal interpretation of the vast sea and shore before me.

Choosing to avoid any sign of human presence, I included only what nature provided.Ch But, all images in this series reflect the central theme of changing light and shifting tides.

size 40″ x 30″
medium Photograph
Price $750.00


Sandra Gottlieb has created a striking series of photographs of the skies and waters of the Atlantic Ocean. With a keen eye for the fleeting phenomena of clouds and light, she has created beautiful large-scale images that range from the abstract, to the painterly, to the highly dramatic. Her poetic work conveys the sense of impermanence in both nature and in human existence.

Sandra Gottlieb was born in Brooklyn, NY, and from an early age was devoted to the study of ballet and the arts. She studied Fine Arts at Brooklyn College, and later photography at the International Center of Photography in New York City and interior design at the New York School of Interior Design. Continuing her dance training as well, she performed professionally with a number of ballet and modern dance companies in the city. She has noted that dance gave her both a feeling for movement, and an awareness of change from moment to moment, both of which have contributed to her photographic vision.

In the 1980s, Gottlieb’s artistic impulse brought her to acting, and she appeared in Off-Broadway plays in New York, and on daytime television. She recognizes in her theater work the importance of “yourself in the moment”, in touch with one’s inner being. Gottlieb sees this quality of being present to what is happening right now, as an important preparation for taking pictures of nature that may change in an instant.

In 1991, Gottlieb received a camera for her birthday, and found herself taking pictures that were immediately satisfying. In 1996, she began studying at the International Center of Photography with the photographer and master printer Jerry Vezzuso, who strongly encouraged her in her work. Gottlieb began taking the first pictures of the Rockaway Beach Series, which would later be expanded into Seascapes 1996 thru 2006. She took these photographs from the third floor of a beach house overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in Rockaway Beach, Queens, NY. These first pictures were exhibited as a solo show at New Century Artists Gallery in New York in 1998.

With her work in photography, Gottlieb has discovered an affinity with a range of American abstract painters. She found in Rothko a strong sense of structure wedded to color. In Milton Avery she recognized his very personal interpretation of reality, focused on the edge of the sea. While she was creating Seascapes 1996 Thru 2006, Gottlieb also produced other series including Floral Impressions, close-up soft focus views of flowers, Nocturne, details of the breaking surf at twilight, and Sea Grass, whose curving lines suggest abstract painterly gestures. Gottlieb has continued her conceptual view of flowers with City Tulips, 2008 and her seascapes series with Winter and Summer, 2009, “Waves in Black and White”, 2011, and her most recent series, “October Waves”, 2013. She is currently working on “Cloud Studies”, 2015/16, a conceptual view of the light/dark aesthetic of the heavens above. Solo shows include the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art, Midland, MI; the Fernbank Museum of Science and Art, Atlanta, GA; Georgia Tech Ferst Galleries; Danville Museum, Danville, VA; Gadsden College, Gadsden, AL; Louisburg College,Louisburg, NC; Ormond Memorial Art Museum, Ormond Beach, FL.,Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, MI; Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mt. Vernon, IL; Ashtabula Art Center, Ashtabula, OH. The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Tampa, FL Kean University Galleries, Union, NJ. Upcoming solo exhibitions at The Museum of the Chicago Academy of Sciences, IL., Quincy Art Center, Quincy, IL.

Sandra Gottlieb
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2020 The Museum of the Chicago Academy of Sciences, Chicago,IL
Quincy Art Center, Quincy, IL
2017 Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art, Midland, MI
2016 Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Tampa, FL
Kean University Galleries, Union, NJ
2015 New York Hall of Science, Queens, NYC
2014 Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mount Vernon, IL
Krasl Art Center, Saint Joseph, MI
Ashtabula Arts Center, Ashtabula, OH
2013 Ormond Memorial Art Museum, Ormond Beach FL
Berkeley College Art Gallery, NYC
2012 Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, New York City
Ezair Gallery, New York City
2011 Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta, GA
Georgia Tech-Ferst Center for the Arts, Atlanta, GA
Louisburg College, NC
Danville Museum of Science and Art, Danville, VA
Harden Cultural Center, Gadsden State College, AL
2010 Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art, Midland, MI
2009 ROOM Gallery, New York City
2004 World Fine Art Gallery, New York City
2001 World Fine Art Gallery, New York City
2000 Southern Exposure Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida
1999 Agora Gallery, New York City
1998 New Century Artists, New York City

2015 George A. Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, MO
2014-15 Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Wichita Falls, TX
2014 Hartwick College, Foreman Gallery, Oneonta, NY
BCB ART Gallery, Hudson, NY
Charles Goddard Center for Visual and Performing Arts, Ardmore OK
Utica College of Syracuse University, Barrett Fine Art Gallery, NY
2013 Rosemont College, Lawrence Gallery, Rosemont, PA

2017 Brick City Gallery, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO
Irving Arts Center Galleries and Sculpture Garden, Irving, TX
University of Southern Maine, Gorham Campus, Portland, ME
2016 Biedenharn Museum and Gardens, Monroe, LA
Michelson Museum of Art, Marshall, TX
Fort Smith Regional Art Museum, Fort Smith, AZ

2016 Walter Wickiser Gallery, NYC
Carnegie Hall “The Somewhere Project”, Hudson Guild Gallery, NYC
2015 Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
Elga Wimmer Gallery, New York City
Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL
2014 Tenri Cultural Institute of New York
The Photo Review – Web Gallery
2013 Wee Gallery of Fine Art, Scottsdale, AR
Southampton Cultural Center, Southampton, NY
Boca Raton Museum, Boca Raton, FL
2012 Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, New Jersey
Brenda Taylor Gallery, New York City
Michelle O’Connor Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2011 Embraer Private Jet Corporation Art Gallery, Melbourne, FL
Northwood University, Florida Campus
2010 Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA
Glave Kocen Gallery, Richmond, VA
2009 Katharine Butler Gallery, Sarasota, FL
The Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ
2008 Westport Arts Center, Westport. CT
2007 Longview Museum of Fine Arts, Longview, Texas
The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO
Buddy Holly Center, Lubbock, TX
Capitol Art Gallery, Tallahassee, FL
2006 Washington Gallery of Photography, Washington, DC
Palm Beach Photographic Center, FL
New York Museum of Water, New York City
Hilton Head Art League, SC
Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
2005 Cornell Museum, Delray Beach, FL
Durst Building Gallery, New York City
2003 Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Fredericksburg, VA
2002 Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA
Runnels Gallery at Eastern New Mexico University, Roswell
Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery, Boca Raton, FL
2001 Turning Point Gallery, Washington, DC
2000 Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD
Eklektikos Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
1999 Soho Photo Gallery, New York City

International Center of Photography,NYC
National Association of Women Artists New York School of Interior Design
Professional Women Photographers, NYC Brooklyn College, BFA

Ellen and Richard Sandor Collection, Chicago, IL
Hudson Guild, NYC
Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art, Midland, MI
New York State Senator Charles Schumer, Washington, DC
Trevor, 25th Street Art Partners, New York City
Ezair Gallery, New York City
Center for Fine Art Photography, Ft. Collins, CO
The Devereux Foundation, Villanova, PA
Cabrini Medical Center, New York City
Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, CA
Roney Plaza Hotel, Miami Beach, FL
Bertoia Sculpture Gallery, Bally, PA

American Archives of World Art, 1998 (textbook reproductions for Art History Studies)
Art Calendar Magazine, July 2000. (reproduction)
Hrbacek, Mary. M The New York Art World, review, August 2009, pgs 26-29.
International Library of Photography, March 1998, “Dreams to Remember”. (reproduction)
New Mexico Photographer Magazine, June 2002, (reproduction) Award: National Art
Exhibition Best of Show, critic: Mic Muhlbauer.
New Momentum For Human Unity Productions, ONE. The Mind Aware, 2010 (reproductions)
Pagano, Marie R. Gallery & Studio, review, April/May 2006, pg. 33. (reproduction)
Phillips, Renee. Manhattan Arts International, July 1998. (reproduction)
Photographer’s Forum Annual 2000, August 2000, pg. 80. (reproduction)
Sedley, Jeremy. New Art International, 2006, pgs. 62-63. (reproductions)
The Photo Review, Summer 2000, pg. 63. (reproduction)
International Masters of Photography Volume 2, 2014, Pgs. 8-9. (reproductions)

2015 – Art Kudos International – Third Place Award
2013 – Scottsdale Biennale – Award for Exceptional Merit
Kontinent Awards – Fine Art, Single Image
2010 – PX3 Prix de la Photographie, Paris, France, 2010 (First Place in Professional Nature/Water)





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