The Orange County Museum of Art on Sunday will open the first U.S. retrospective exhibition of works by the Canadian-born mixed-media artist Jack Goldstein (1945-2003), who was a central figure of the 1970s and 80s Postmodern Art movement and Pictures Generation.
OCMA's "Jack Goldstein X 10,000" exhibit will be a museum-wide show featuring more than 75 pieces, including a selection of 22 paintings, 20 films, 18 sound recordings and two large-scale installations, which the late Goldstein created during his influential yet enigmatic career.
The show concludes with never-before-shown writings by the artist, namely aphorisms and short texts that he produced between 1982 and 2002, supplemented by a photo-essay from his colleague James Welling.
'It's very surprising to me that this will be the first American retrospective [of Goldstein's work]," Philipp Kaiser, guest curator of the exhibit, said in an interview. "He's a household name and mythical figure among Postmodern artists and art students. His work has been shown all over the world since the 80s, but not in the U.S., which is odd considering his roots as a California artist."