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Jack Goldstein\, whose oeuvre encompasses films\, pa intings\, recordings and word poems\, was a member of the first graduating class of CalArts (California Institute of Arts) in 1972 — an auspicious sta rt for a dazzling and too-brief career that remains much admired but stubbo rnly enigmatic. Goldstein moved to New York\, where his rejection of Minima lism and urgent embrace of imagery helped establish him as a key figure in what is today known as the Pictures Generation\, and made him one of the mo st influential American artists of the 1980s. He showed his work initially at the new Metro Pictures\; then bounced among several other galleries\; sl owly fading and eventually removing himself completely from the New York ar t scene. Goldstein returned to California in the 1990s and virtually disapp eared from public consciousness until his 2002 retrospective at Le Magasin in Grenoble. A few months before the publication of Jack Goldstein and the CalArts Mafia\, an oral history of his early days and with interes t in his work growing significantly\, he tragically ended his own life on M arch 14\, 2003. In the decade since his death\, interest in Goldstein has g rown significantly. But the deeper intentions of his sometimes rapturous an d often ominous work remain a mystery. 

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Beginning November 14th\, Venus Over Manhattan will present Where Is Jack Goldstein?\, an exhibition conceived to invite further exploration of that mys tery and to re-contextualize the artist’s significant contributions. The sh ow will be one of the very first ever to focus in depth upon Goldstein’s ea rly paintings. On view will be 13 key canvases from the decade spanning 197 6 to 1986\, all on loan from important private collections. Among the earli est works included are "The Pull\," an experiment combining photography and painting\, along with an important early- untitled triptych from 1979. "Un titled (#26)” from Goldstein’s Burning City series (1981) leads to the arti st’s fully developed canvases\, represented in Where Is Jack Goldst ein? by a monumental work from the Blitzkrieg (Tracer) series. The Lightning series will be represented by three large paintings\, and Goldst ein’s interest in celestial phenomena is revealed in "Untitled (Observatory )” and "Untitled"(Eclipse)\,” both made in 1983. 

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W here Is Jack Goldstein? will be on view from November 14\, 2012 th rough January 15\, 2013. At the exhibition’s November 14th opening\, Venus Over Manhattan will restage Goldstein’s famous performance work “Two Fencer s” (1977).

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The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication\, in cluding a key essay by artist Ashley Bickerton. A leading figure of the Neo -Geo generation of the 1990s\, Bickerton was hired upon graduation from Cal Arts by Jack Goldstein’s studio\, where he remained the artist’s primary as sistant for four years. His contribution to the publication\, titled Ja ck ’n’ Me\, recalls his firsthand experience with Goldstein and provid es an extraordinary look at the real Jack Goldstein\, providing

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one man’s answer to the question posed by this show’s title.

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W here is Jack Goldstein? also will present the original print of “S hane” (1975)\, one of Goldstein’s most important and best-known films. This work will be projected continuously throughout the run of the exhibition. Likewise\, the gallery will complement the show with the music of Patsy Cli ne\, whose recordings were played without interruption in the artist’s New York studio.

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\n DTEND:20130202 DTSTAMP:20140902T212854 DTSTART:20121114 GEO:40.774761;-73.963265 LOCATION:Venus Over Manhattan\,980 Madison Avenue \nNew York\, NY SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Where Is Jack Goldstein?\, Jack Goldstein UID:246421 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20121114T000000 DTSTAMP:20140902T212854 DTSTART:20121114T210000 GEO:40.774761;-73.963265 LOCATION:Venus Over Manhattan\,980 Madison Avenue \nNew York\, NY SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Where Is Jack Goldstein?\, Jack Goldstein UID:246422 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR