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Jack Goldstein


Although Monday is apparently the favored day for suicide, Jack Goldstein did himself in on a Friday—not after the weekend, but just before. Grim observations aside, one can’t help but read into this an analogy to his career, which, following an almost decade-long decline, was about to peak again. In 2001, a survey of the artist’s early films in Stuttgart and at his gallery in Los Angeles, as well as the rehanging of Douglas Crimp’s epochal “Pictures” exhibition at Artists Space, New York, promised a return to form. The following year ushered in a retrospective and several more survey shows; Goldstein’s work once more graced the cover of Artforum; young art students and old collectors alike were enthusiastically dropping his name. Like the ’80s in general, Jack was back!

One crucial difference between this exhibition and those preceding is simply that it is posthumous. Just as the

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