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  • Provenance

    Private Collection

  • Catalogue Essay


    The most comprehensive but least known part in Goldstein’s oeuvre are his paintings… The motifs are inspired by reproductions of war pictures, storms, natural disasters, astronomical photographs and so on. They all revolve around the idea of the spectacular, which also plays a key role in the world of the media. For Documenta 7 Goldstein wrote an aphoristic essay for the catalog, which begins with the assertion that “media is sensational”. This sentiment runs like a red thread through his work and is specifically a leitmotif of his paintings. He also emphasizes how media technology can substitute for our own experience. He writes: “Technology does everything for us so that we no longer have to function in terms of experience. We function in terms of esthetics.”
    It follows that only by means of the instruments of art can we counter the closed cosmos of a world recorded by the media. Or to cite Jack Goldstein himself: “Art should be a trailer for the future.”
    (MMK Museum Presents Jack Goldstein in a Comprehensive Retrospective, Art Knowledge News, 2009)

19

Untitled

1983
Acrylic on canvas.
34 1/4 x 42 1/4 in. (87 x 107.3 cm).
Signed, titled and dated “Jack Goldstein Untitled 1983” on the reverse.

Estimate
$25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for $98,500

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

4 March 2011
New York