(Forward) Barbara Goodstein, ‘The Most Original Sculptor of Her Generation’

Kerhonkson Synagogue and Kopp Community Center

Barbara Goodstein. Kerhonkson Synagogue and Kopp Community Center. Courtesy: Deborah Rosenthal

My article “Barbara Goodstein, ‘The Most Original Sculptor of Her Generation,’” appears in the Jewish Daily Forward.

Here’s the lede:

Barbara Goodstein, an artist who trained in Mexico, England, and the U.S., whom critic Jed Perl called “probably the most original sculptor of her generation,” died on December 5 at age 70, Bowery Gallery announced.

In the three decades she showed at Bowery, which is based in Chelsea in Manhattan, Goodstein regularly exhibited sculptures and reliefs in solo exhibits. “Her interest in art was wide-ranging and eclectic, and extended, in the visual, to the arts of Africa and Asia; to architecture, particularly in indigenous forms, and to painting, both figurative and abstract,” according to the gallery.

She was also influenced in part by her Jewish identity, says Deborah Rosenthal, a painter and friend of Goodstein’s. Rosenthal, who will direct a small foundation from Goodstein’s estate, is also a professor of fine arts at Rider University in New Jersey.


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