Modern Art Monday Presents: Jack Goldstein, Untitled

jack goldstein untitled photo by gail worley
Photos By Gail

Jack Goldstein (19452003)’s career encompassed film, performance, sound, painting, and writing. Associated with the pictures generation, a group of artists whose works are rooted in appropriation and media theory of the late 1970s and ’80s, Goldstein painted from found images such as World War II photographs, and stills of astrological and natural phenomena.

jack goldstein untitled detail photo by gail worley
Untitled, Detail

Mostly made by assistants, his paintings increasingly eliminated any suggestion of the artist’s hand. In this work, Goldstein airbrushed the canvas to create a computer-processed image. Goldstein purposefully embedded in the painting hints of its origin, mimicking the machine-eye vision from which it was derived. With solid colors and the lack of gradation, the work reads like a map or elevation drawing. Moving from digital to painted image, Goldstein’s paintings question the relationship between subjectivity and the media age.

Photographed in The Broad Museum in Los Angeles.

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