JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming – Tayloe Piggott Gallery is pleased to announce our first solo exhibition with artist Glenn Goldberg, Here and There. The artist will be present for a public reception to celebrate the opening of the exhibition on Wednesday, August 9 from 6 to 8 pm.
Here and There features nine paintings by artist Glenn Goldberg displaying images of geometric landscapes built with Goldberg’s iconic humming dots. While this style often brings to mind Pointillism and Aboriginal art, Goldberg’s influences are much further encompassing. Referencing Chinese ceramics, Shaker furniture, Japanese kimono fabric, American folk art, Native American totem poles, African rugs, and Italian mosaics, Goldberg’s work reads as an eclectic traveler, learning from different art forms all over the world. The graphic yet rhythmically detailed paintings are divorced from the narrative, depicting otherworldly dreamscapes. Often characters appear as inhabitants; these dogs, birds and human shapes are atmospheric in themselves. While the world that Goldberg creates is seemingly unfamiliar, the intimacy and sincerity of the works are evident. Goldberg explains, “ ‘There’ is another place… a new place, quiet, active, an invention, compelling, specific, loving, a dream, welcoming, structured. This is what I am searching for: a place that renders words unfulfilling and largely unnecessary.”
Goldberg was born in the Bronx and has lived in New York for the entirety of his life. He studied at the New York Studio School and received his M.F.A. from Queens College. Goldberg’s work references the Jazz music of his childhood, cultivating his interest in such crossovers as structure, improvisation, and movement. Goldberg began drawing and painting when he dropped out of college and was greatly influenced during his travels across the U.S. and Canada with the political activity of the time. Eventually returning to his university, he enrolled in his first art courses. Goldberg's paintings refer to anti-authoritarian attitudes of the 1970s and 80s that brought political and aesthetic movements such as feminist art and pattern painting to the forefront. In Here and There, Goldberg’s painted weavings display his continuing involvement with color, pattern, iconography, and sense of place.
Goldberg's prolific career has received international recognition. He has exhibited in solo shows at Willard Gallery, New York; Greenberg Gallery, St. Louis; Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston; Betty Cunningham, New York; and Galerie Albrecht, Munich. His work has been included in group exhibitions at Castelli, Harvard University and Jeffrey Hoffeld Gallery. He has received grants from the Guggenheim Fellowship, Edward Albee Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Goldberg's work is held in numerous collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Academy of Arts and Letters, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.