New York

Jack Goldstein

Josh Baer Gallery

Jack Goldstein is a painter of nature in the age of space exploration. From his early performance and film work to his later photorealistic scenes à la Scientific American, Goldstein’s theme has been the eminent domain of nature and science over society One of the seminal figures in the movement toward a slick, conceptual, media-based art in the early ’80s, he emerges today as a vital connection between the sarcastic kitsch of media appropriation and the new minimal abstraction that is now eliciting such attention. Goldstein’s importance, however, is not as a master conceptualist or technician, and his art is more intuitive than doctrinaire in manner. His focus is on the blinding distraction of special effects, the measurement of culture’s appetite for the pomp and circumstance of escapist entertainment. The exaggerated scale of the appropriated computer-enhanced imagery in his paintings

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