Inbox: Jack Goldstein

Feb 8–28, 2016


Jack Goldstein. Installation view of Untitled. 1981. Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 82 3/4 × 130″ (210.2 × 330.2 cm). The Sidney and Harriet Janis Collection (by exchange) and gift of Jill and Peter Kraus. Photo: John Wronn
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Jack Goldstein (Canadian, 1945–2003) appropriated images from mass media and popular culture to make work in a variety of mediums, from painting and sculpture to film, performance, and text- and sound-based work. A central figure in a group of like-minded artists working in New York in the 1970s and 1980s known as the Pictures Generation, Goldstein removed existing images from their original contexts and recombined them in order to charge them with new meaning. To make Untitled, Goldstein directed studio assistants to airbrush appropriated source images onto canvas to create a scene of a night sky that is illuminated by ambiguous light sources. The celestial phenomena could be either meteorological or man-made. As it often does, Goldstein’s imagery flickers between opposites: presence and absence, reality and artificiality, jubilee and disaster.

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