PRINT December 2013

Tim Griffin

Jack Goldstein, A Spotlight, 1972, 16 mm, black-and-white, sound, 8 minutes.

PROBABLY MOST STRIKING about curator Philipp Kaiser’s incisive retrospective exhibition “Jack Goldstein x 10,000”—originally organized for the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach, California—is the uncanny extent to which the artist, seen from our distance today, still proves able to shape the reception of his work. Indeed, such coding in advance was forthrightly thematized here by Portfolio Performance, 1976–85/2001. In this group of nine large prints, each panel features a single archival image of a piece executed by Goldstein in the years referenced, accompanied by an extended caption that effectively directs audiences’ experience—or, more precisely, their mental reconstruction—of the depicted action. Documenting his 1976 Artists Space performance Body Contortionist, for example, the artist presents viewers with the context for his picture of a

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