Jack Goldstein's work seems to enable an entire generation of politically engaged critics, such as Douglas Crimp, Craig Owens, and Hal Foster, to make global prognostics on the fate of postmodernity.
Goldstein’s practice was presented here by a selection of paintings ranging from the “war spectacles” period (1980–1983), and the “nature spectacles” one (1983–1986), to the “technology spectacles” (1986–1990), and also included, in another room, a selection of his most well-known 16mm films (1972–1976).
The Jewish Musem
Jack Goldstein x 10,000
The Jewish Museum in New York presents Jack Goldstein x 10,000, the first American museum retrospective devoted to the work of Canadian-born artist Jack Goldstein (1945-2003).
NEW YORK — This comprehensive exhibition brings to light Goldstein’s important legacy, revealing his central position in the Pictures Generation of artists of the 1970s and 80s. The impressive range of the artist’s imagination will be explored through Goldstein’s influential films and paintings as well as his pioneering sound recordings, installations, and writings. Ten years after his untimely death in 2003, Goldstein’s work is exerting fresh influence, especially among younger artists. With Jack Goldstein x 10,000, The Jewish Museum provides audiences who may not be familiar with his work an in-depth understanding of an extraordinary art innovator.
The New York Times
Art in Review: 'Where is Jack Goldstein?'
Holland Cotter reviews Venus Over Manhattan's solo presentation of Jack Goldstein.
NEW YORK —Jack Goldstein, who died a suicide at 57 in 2003, was one of contemporary art’s mystery men. He made his mark in New York in the late 1970s as one of a group of artists working with media-inspired imagery, some of whom were associated with a career-sparking show called “Pictures.” Certain careers, like those of Robert Longo, David Salle and Cindy Sherman, zoomed ahead in the 1980s. Goldstein’s, despite his often acknowledged brilliance as a painter and video artist, never quite did... The show at Venus Over Manhattan, a gallery owned by the collector and writer Adam Lindemann, makes a strong case for a continued interest.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Disappearing—California, c. 1970: Bas Jan Ader, Chris Burden, Jack Goldstein
In 1971, Chris Burden disappeared for three days without a trace. That work, entitled Disappearing, gives its name to this exhibition, which examines the theme of disappearance in the works of Burden and his contemporaries in 1970s Southern California, Bas Jan Ader and Jack Goldstein.
FORT WORTH —Loosely affiliated, these three artists shared a common interest in themes of disappearance and self-effacement, which manifested in works that were daring and often dangerous. In 1972, Jack Goldstein buried himself alive during a performance, while Chris Burden’s often self-harming works explored the limits of pain.
Responding to cultural pressures like the Vietnam War and the nascent field of feminist art, the artists poignantly used “disappearing” as a response to the anxiety of the 1970s.
Jack Goldstein was born in 1945 in Montreal, Canada. He was a member of the first graduating class from CalArts, where he studied under John Baldessari, and alongside artists Troy Brauntuch, Eric Fischl, Matt Mullican, David Salle, and James Welling. His work featured prominently in a number of seminal exhibitions, including Pictures (1977), organized by Douglas Crimp and Helene Winer, at Artists Space in New York. Goldstein’s work has been the subject of numerous international solo presentations, including exhibitions at the Jewish Museum, New York (2013); Galerie Perrotin, Paris (2013); the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach (2012); MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main (2009); Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne (2009); Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York (2008); Metro Pictures, New York (2005); The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2002); and Le Magasin – Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble (2002). His work is held in the collections of many public institutions both stateside and abroad, including the Broad, Los Angeles; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach; Tate, London; and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Goldstein lived and worked in Los Angeles until his death in 2003.