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Jack Goldstein, Under Water Sea Fantasy, 1983–2003, 16 mm, color, sound, 6 minutes 30 seconds.

Jack Goldstein

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Jack Goldstein (1945–2003) is one of those artists who is always ripe for reappraisal. As the times change around his work, the work itself also changes, though not in a way that suggests either foresight or myopia on Goldstein’s part. This work does not predict the future, nor does it obsolesce in the future’s wake; rather, it maintains its composure even as it is profoundly impacted by every new context it occupies. This was certainly the case in a modest but encapsulating exhibition mounted this summer at 1301PE, which featured a projection of Goldstein’s 16-mm film Under Water Sea Fantasy, and a selection of black-and-white photographs taken by James Welling in the Santa Monica, California, building where both artists once rented spaces. Under Water Sea Fantasy was begun in 1983 and completed just prior to Goldstein’s suicide at fifty-seven. By contrast, Welling’s pictures, all dating

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