– Spring/Summer 2003
Jack Goldstein: Obituary
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Jack Goldstein, Three Felled Trees, A Burning Forest, A Swim Against the Tide, 45rpm records, 1976. Courtesy Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne/Berlin
Jack Goldstein was born in Montreal in 1945. He moved to Los
Angeles in 1963 and studied art at Chouinard Art Institute and the
California Institute of the Arts. Jack Goldstein’s films,
performances, records and paintings have been widely exhibited
since the 1970s. In the past two years he has had exhibitions at
the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Centre of Contemporary
Art in Grenoble. Jack Goldstein died on 14 March 2003 in San
It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Jack Goldstein. After a long and painful struggle with depression and drug dependency, Jack ended his life on Friday March 14th at his home in San Bernardino, California. Forging a unique and often provocative visual language from a critique of the legacy of minimalism and pop art, Jack was one of the most significant artists of his generation, producing an extraordinary body of work in over twenty years that included sculptures, performances, films, phonographic sound works, photographs, paintings and texts.
Born in 1945 in Montreal of English and Canadian-Jewish background, Jack relocated with his family to Los Angeles when he was in his teens. Following his BA degree in Fine Art at the Chouinard Art Institute, Jack went on to complete a Masters degree at the California Institute of the Arts in 1972, then a focus of one of the most stimulating debates on the semiotics of the (notably Hollywood) image influenced by artist and teacher John Baldessari. Jack was to extend and deepen this enquiry into the heart of representation. Like Walter Benjamin decades earlier, Jack saw