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Orange County Museum of Art rescues Jack Goldstein show scrapped by MOCA

July 12, 2010 |  4:00 pm

Fans of the late Montreal-born, L.A.-based artist Jack Goldstein, who recently learned that MOCA scrapped plans to organize a survey of his work, will be happy to know that the show has found a home. Director Dennis Szakacs of the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) tells Culture Monster that his institution will present the first U.S. Goldstein retrospective in the summer of 2012.

"This kind of show is right in our wheelhouse, because it's about a very important artist who has not been recognized widely enough," says Szakacs. He calls Goldstein, who died in 2003, "one of the instigators of what many people consider one of the last cohesive, avant-garde movements in American art: the Pictures Generation."

Mgmlionfinal The subject of a 2009 show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Pictures Generation artists like Richard Prince and Barbara Kruger are known for using appropriation strategies and wrestling with the rise of mass media such as television in their work. Goldstein, who once made a film remix of the MGM lion roaring (again and again and again), shown at right, was not only part of the sprawling Met show but one of the five artists included in the original "Pictures" show at Artists Space gallery in New York in 1977 that helped solidify this loose movement.
Szakacs says he contacted Philipp Kaiser, an adjunct curator at MOCA, about the show a few months ago."I had heard like everyone else that the MOCA show was canceled, so I called Philipp to see what we could do. He had been given the green light to bring the show elsewhere."

OCMA's lineup for 2012 includes a retrospective of another pioneering L.A. artist, Richard Jackson, who has experimented for years with making various machines for painting. Also that year is "Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series," billed by OCMA as the "first major museum exhibition to explore the artist's most celebrated series."

Meanwhile, OCMA is ramping up for one of its most wide-ranging biennials yet, including more San Diego and San Francisco artists than in years past, opening Oct. 24.

--Jori Finkel


Image: a still from Jack Goldstein's 16-millimeter film "Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer" (1975)


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YES! Brilliant! Relevant! Thank you OCMA for stepping up as the LA museums fail us all.
Jack Goldstein is great artist who deserves a major show. Um....Tim Burton...Dennis Hopper... James Franco? Let's see some real ART by a great, true artist who dedicated his life to his work.
We've all been lamenting the fall of MOCA and the mess that is LACMA and no one cares about the Hammer.
Perhaps the OCMA and the Santa Monica Museum of Art are where it is going to be at for LA's art community?

The artsy types can have them, the rest of us are fairly happy with LACMA, they have done a great job rehanging and coloring the galleries, much better now. And been adding to the collections with real art, unlike SMMoA and MoCA. PMCA has had excellent shows lately, Norton Simon has the great Braques, Picassos, and of course Degas among many others, true art demands repeated viewing, trash trendies age on first site. and we all love the Huntington, now almost as much for the art as the gardens . Well, nothing is going to beat the desert garden. The new Chinese is aging well, and the japanese fantastic, that is what art should aspire to.

The Getty is still pretty much an encyclopedia, garden nice but overrated with its mickey mouse emblem in the water,(look at it again) bet that was intentional, certainly appropriate. But the room of post impressionists and the Ensor are great. And of course, the greatest work of art in LA, overlooked by the eveer so precious artscene types, the Rodia/Watts Towers, Nuestro Pueblo. you can have your dumps, look what WE got. We win.

This guy is boring, someone only an art school grad could love, certainly the teachers would, takes lots of money(read naive young, hypersensitive artistes and daddies wallets), to keep the academies in business.

art collegia delenda est
Save the Watts Towers, tear down the Ivories.

YES! Everyone I know is excited about this show. That MoCA dropped it (in favor of Dennis Hopper?!) is incomprehensible, and pathetic.

Los Angeles is one of the major art communities in the WORLD. Why don't local museums step up to the plate and organize shows of key LA-based figures, and do decent catalogues? Instead, over and over, more challenging and influential LA-based artists get their institutional reception in Germany, Switzerland, even New York, before here.


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