A museum-quality mini survey of Adolph Gottlieb’s late, large-scale abstractions is currently on view at Pace Gallery. Born from his horizontal “landscape” paintings, Gottlieb’s “Burst” series divide the vertical canvas into two distinct spheres with the upper part, occupied by an oblong color field, umbrellaing a vibrant eruption of paint on the lower plane. Gottlieb renders these floating shapes in numerous variations of color and tones, each as spirited as the next one. The ghost of Mark Rothko is panoptic, particularly in the immersive quality of the large-scale format about which the painter once remarked that “small pictures since the Renaissance are like novels; large pictures are like dramas in which one participates in a direct way.” In that spirit, Gottlieb’s works elicit an unsolicited eruption of images into our consciousness that simultaneously proffer hindsight and prediction. They allow for an ethereal space-time communication via paintings that long outlast their creator. At Pace through April 13.