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    Sale 5417

    Post-War & Contemporary Art

    2 April 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 565

    Jack Goldstein (1945-2003)


    Price Realised  


    Jack Goldstein (1945-2003)
    acrylic on canvas
    84 x 108 x 6 3/8in. (213.4 x 274.3cm.)
    Painted in 1987

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    John Weber Gallery, New York. (00012879).
    Salama-Caro Gallery, London. (A744).
    Private Collection, London.

    Pre-Lot Text

    Looking at these images, we think of the Northern Lights, sunspots, mushroom clouds or volcanic explosions seen either from a great distance or in greatly magnified detail. These events are depicted to meticulous, if not obsessive, perfection through a procedure that involves a great deal of taping and stenciling, and that leaves very little indication of human involvement. Each color of the spectrum has its own separate physical layer. Both process and result suggest topographical maps, but - even though there's an inclination to read the darkest colors as ocean depths and the brightest as mountain ranges -here it is the topography of light and hue that is being charted... Think of the optical conniptions of a Bridget Riley painting seen in slow motion or under a microscope.
    Roberta Smith, NYTimes, May 1987