Art: Between Waking & Sleep

Just out of the Navy, John Hultberg in 1947 enrolled in San Francisco's California School of Fine Arts, and it seemed that artistically there was only one course for him to steer. Abstractionism was the powerful new movement, and some of its most famous practitioners—notably Clyfford Still and Mark Rothko—were his teachers. Hultberg has nothing but admiration for these men—but purely abstract painting was not for him.

As he proves in his latest one-man show at Manhattan's Martha Jackson Gallery. Hultberg has developed a way of painting that places him in the ranks...

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