Lester Goldman: Selected Paintings and Drawings

Hamilton Galleries

War Games by Lester Goldman
"War Games" by Lester Goldman, oil on canvas, 104in x 79in, 2000, private collection

Late UArts alumnus Lester Goldman (1942-2005) received his BFA in Painting at the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts) in 1964 and also attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Iowa University, Aspen School of Contemporary Art and Indiana University, where her received his MFA in 1966. A Philadelphia native who was also the uncle of Associate Professor Anna Beresin, Goldman was a Painting professor at the Kansas City Art Institute from 1966 until his death in 2005.

Goldman’s early work was classically representational reflecting the influence of Larry Day in Philadelphia and Leland Bell in Indiana. By the late 1960s, Goldman had moved into abstraction, but one that was biomorphic and based on the figure. Automatic writing generated the contours of buoyant planes that were painted in expressionistic almost garish hues of greens and pinks. He made excursions into sculpture; some canvases have rope extensions into the third dimension, another late series of buoyant works were created from gourds that he combined and had spray-painted in an autobody shop.

Goldman exhibited widely, especially in the Midwest. His solo exhibits include Grand City Arts, Kansas City (1996); Contemporary Art Center, Kansas City (1989); Bowery Gallery, New York (1987); Kemper Gallery, Kansas City (1976, 1982); Walter Kelly Gallery, Chicago (1975); and Hobart College, New York (1982, 1977, 1970). Group exhibits include Johnson County Community College, Overland Kansas (1999); Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Neb. (1993); Indiana University (1987); Rosa Esman Gallery, New York (1987); Springfield Art Museum (1978); Sheldon Art Museum, Lincoln, Neb. (1973); and Galleria II Fante di Spade, Rome (1971).

Reception: September 7, 5 - 7:30 p.m.

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