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Glenn Goldberg

Knoedler & Company

Glenn Goldberg's little pictures, in effect abstract miniatures, are eloquently, stylishly uncanny. By esthetic uncanniness I mean the phenomenon whereby an arrangement of formal elements comes to seem a hallucinatory representation, or a would-be realistic representation comes to seem a purely formal presentation. Such ambiguity in appearance, implying emotional ambivalence toward and even primitive projective identification with some object, occurs frequently in the history of Modern art. It is already evident in the caricatural Cubist portraits of 1911, and by 1922, with El Lissitzky's Story of Two Squares, becomes a set mode, even a mannerism, within Modernism. Freud stated, “An uncanny effect is often and easily produced by effacing the distinction between imagination and reality,” suggesting that “the uncanny is a hidden, familiar thing that has undergone repression and then emerged

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