Jack Goldstein (American, born September 27, 1945–died March 14, 2003) was a visual and performance artist who worked in several different media, including film, records, sculpture, and paint, to craft unique pieces. These pieces were most commonly executed in the Minimalist style. He was considered to be one of the leading Conceptual artists of his generation. Goldstein was born in Montreal, Canada, but moved to Los Angeles as a child. He trained at the Chouinard Art Institute in California, where he earned a BFA in 1969, and was part of the inaugural class of the California Institute of the Arts, where he received an MFA in 1972.

The artist had an eclectic array of work, including experimental films and audio that featured vinyl records. He traveled back and forth between Los Angeles and New York City throughout the 1970s, and became part of Artist’s Space in New York. His popularity reached its pinnacle in the 1980s with his salon paintings. These paintings were designed to be sold for large sums of money and to make a mark on art history. Many of his contemporaries accused him of selling out during the artistic boom of the 1980s. His work was often based on nature as well as science and technology. Goldstein strove to capture what he called the spectacular instant in his photography. Goldstein spent most of the 1990s in relative obscurity, but regained popularity at the turn of the century, and was featured in the Whitney Biennial in 2004.

His work has been featured in the Orange County Museum of Art in California, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Luckman Gallery in California, Dart Gallery in Chicago, and many more prestigious institutions. Some of the artist’s most well-known works include Records, Under-Water Sea Fantasy, The Jump, and Bone China. Many of the pieces he made in the 1970s and 1980s have served as an inspiration to younger generations of artists. Goldstein committed suicide in 2003 in California. Since his death, his work has seen resurgence in popularity with several posthumous exhibitions and publications.

Timeline

1945
Born in Montreal, Canada
2003
Died in Los Angeles, CA

Exhibitions

2012
"10000x Jack Goldstein", Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, USA (solo)
2012
Rat Hole Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
2012
“Last Exit: Pictures”, Rue de la Muse, Genf, Switzerland
2011
"Under the Big Black Sun", The Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles, USA
2011
“Quodlibet III – Alphabets and Instruments”, Galerie Buchholz, Berlin, Germany
2011
"State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970", Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, USA
2011
“Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945 – 1980”, a series of exhibtions in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, USA
2011
“Off The Wall”, Museu de arte contemporanea de Serralves, Porto, Portugal
2010
“The Amen Break”, Galerie Thomas Flor, Düsseldorf, Germany
2010
“Bilder in Bewegung”, Museum Ludwig, Köln, Germany
2010
“The Evryali Score”, David Zwirner Gallery, New York, USA
2010
Sound Pieces”, Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2009
Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany (solo)
2009
Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2009
“Quodlibet II”, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, Germany
2009
“The Picture Generation 1974 – 1984”, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
2009
“Sonic Youth etc.: Sensational Fix”, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany
2008
Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, USA (solo)
2008
“Sonic Youth etc.: Sensational Fix”, Museion Bozen, Bolzano, Italy
2008
“Im Licht milder Verklärung”, Galerie Kienzle & Gmeiner, Berlin, Germany
2008
“Kavalierstart”, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany
2008
“Not So Subtle Subtitles”, Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York, USA
2008
“Painting Now and Forever, Part II”, Matthew Marks Gallery / Greene Naftali Gallery, New York, USA
2008
“Approximately Infinite Universe” New Jerseyy, Basle, Switzerland
2007
“Uneasy Angel / Imagine Los Angeles”, Monika Sprüth Philomene Magers, Munich, Germany
2007
“Shandyismus – Autorschaft als Genre – Ausstellungsgespräch”, Secession, Vienna, Austria
2007
“The California File: Re-Viewing Side Effects of Cultural Memory”, Watts Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, USA
2007
“Marie Jager: The Purple Cloud and other stories”, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, USA
2005
“Re: Modern 1”, (film screening curated by Florian Pumhösl), Filmmuseum, Vienna, Austria
2005
“Elements of Nature”, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
2005
Jack Goldstein - Films, Records, Paintings”, Metro Pictures and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, USA (solo)
2004
“Under Water Sea Fantasy”, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, Germany / Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver, Canada (solo)
2004
“.ipeg - bild.ton.maschine”, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
2004
Whitney Biennale, Whitney Museum of Ameriecan Art, New York, USA
2003
“Jack Goldstein 1945-2003”, (film screening), Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2003
Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg, France (solo)
2003
“MACBA Collection”, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
2003
“Fate of Alien Modes”, Secession, Vienna, Austria
2003
MJC Terre Neuve, Dunkerque, The Netherlands
2002
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA (solo)
2002
“Jack Goldstein - Paintings from the 1980s”, Luckman Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
2002
Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
2002
Magasin, Centre National d’Art Contemporain de Grenoble, Grenoble, France (solo)
2002
Sammlung Schürmann, K21 Kunstsammlung im Ständehaus, Düsseldorf, Germany
2001
“Jack Goldstein/Films, Records and Performance Documentation from 1974-1985” 1301 PE, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
2001
“Jack Goldstein - An installation of films from the Artist (1974-1978)” Künstlerhaus, Stuttgart, Germany (solo)
2001
“Jack Goldstein/Films 1974-1978”, Cubitt, London, UK (solo)
2001
“Timewave Zero/The Politics of Ecstasy”, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, Austria
2001
“Andy Warhol & Sound and Vision”, ICA, London, UK
2001
“Pictures at an Exhibition”, Artist’s Space, New York, USA
2001
“Museum unserer Wünsche”, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
2001
“The Unlimited Dream Company”, l’elac, Lausanne, Switzerland
2000
“Jack Goldstein/Filme, Schallplatten und Bilder aus den Jahren 1974-1992”, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, Germany (solo)
1999
Kienzle & Gmeiner, Berlin, Germany (solo)
1999
“Artist Once Removed: On the Performances, Records, Films and Paintings by Artist Jack Goldstein”, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany (solo
1998
“Size Matters”, Patricia Faure Gallery, Los Angeles, USA