Opens: Wednesday, January 11, 2017
The George Washington University’s Luther W. Brady Art Gallery will showcase paintings, small ceramic objects and works on paper by Glenn Goldberg—a prolific Brooklyn-based painter—in its new exhibition Of Leaves and Clouds. The exhibition focuses on the artist’s intimate relationship with nature, a theme present throughout Mr. Goldberg’s decades-long career. It features his most recent paintings completed within his Brooklyn studio. The works in the exhibit have a common feature: his ever-present dots over light washes of color creating multiple layers within each composition. Mr.Goldberg’s signature marks not only structure the space, but also are a record of Mr. Goldberg’s concentrated attention, time and devotion. His work ethic is apparent in the extraordinary details of layered textures he achieves. This, in addition to their intricacy and layers of meaning, makes Goldberg’s work appeal to many. Looking at a signature work such as Plume (2016), one finds elements such as a mandala, flower form and leaves, all delineated using dots and stencils that even reference Australian aboriginal painting.
Well-versed in European and American art from his studies at the New York Studio School and Queens College, GlennGoldberg also draws inspiration from African and Asian art, textiles and decorative art. His works are in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and the National Gallery of Art, Washington.
An exciting addition to the exhibition is a new relief print, featuring one of his signature birds, recently completed in 2016. This represented the first time Mr. Goldberg gave his time and experience to GW students who are engaged in learning printmaking. Meeting with students as a mentor in a collaborative print project at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design resulted in a completed print in a small edition. This vibrantly colored print is typical of Mr. Goldberg’s imagery displaying “small families with shared interests and foci.”
The original exhibition was organized by FreedmanArt, New York, and this adaptation travels to the Reading Public Museum in Reading, Pennsylvania, after its run at the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery.
Mr. Goldberg’s recent solo exhibitions include shows at the Jason McCoy Gallery in New York; the Betty Cunningham Gallery in New York; and the Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles.
- Tuesday – Friday: 10am to 5pm
The George Washington University, Luther W. Brady Art Gallery (second floor) is located at 805 21st St. NW.