• Jack Goldstein, Underwater Sea Fantasy, 1983/2003, still from a color film in 16 mm, 6 minutes 30 seconds.

    “Jack Goldstein x 10,000”

    Orange County Museum of Art
    1661 W. Sunflower Ave.
    June 24–September 9, 2012

    Curated by Philipp Kaiser

    Here’s the shorthand: Jack Goldstein brought a rigorous pictorial formalism to bear on Los Angeles Conceptualism of the late 1960s and early ’70s and so ushered in what we now call the Pictures generation. Here’s the backstory: This much-anticipated first American retrospective, covering the artist’s full output until his death in 2003, was originally slated for LA MoCA, got canceled during that museum’s financial crisis, and is now being given second life by OCMA. Encompassing twenty-one short films, an early sculpture, a selection of vinyl records with listening stations, twenty-two paintings, two rarely seen installations, and excerpted writings, the exhibition will allow viewers to trace Goldstein’s ruthless elimination of self and presence in favor of something he called “distance.” Douglas Crimp, who, in his earlier criticism, lauded the films and records but thought the paintings a market-driven mistake, writes a beautifully nuanced reappraisal in the catalogue, which also contains provocative essays by Kaiser, Alexander Dumbadze, and John Kelsey.