Glenn Goldberg, untitled, 2006, mixed media on paper, 15″ x 11″
As a part of its exhibit of rarely seen works by Lester Goldman, the Kansas City Public Library is hosting a discussion between local art historian Elisabeth Kirsch and painter Glenn Goldberg, moderated by exhibit-organizer Sean Kelley. The talk is scheduled for Friday October 2, 2009 at the Central Branch of the Kansas City Public Library. In anticipation of the panel, we asked Glenn Goldberg to discuss his connections, personal and painterly, to Goldman.
How did you come to be involved in the panel discussion?
I came to be a part of this discussion because I was a friend of Lester’s, know his wife Kathrin, admire his work, have been to Kansas City many times, have always been treated kindly by Lester and Warren Rosser at the Art Institute, and did the first project at Grand Arts with Sean Kelley and Margaret Hall Silva in 1995.
My show at Grand Arts afforded me the chance to meet my friend Sean Kelley, the former director of Grand Arts, who is chairing the panel taking place at Lester’s exhibition and now curating at the library. I am honored to participate in this event that surrounds Lester’s exhibition.
What do you see as exciting, influential or relevant about Goldman’s work?
I feel that Lester was an authentic artist who had a lot of heart and courage. His ability and understanding of painting, drawing and sculpture is unquestionable, but it is his adventurous and generous spirit that I always valued. I would refer to Lester as a “form and vision” artist. His understanding and respect for form became wedded to his passion, questions and beautifully wild vision. I am certain he influenced scores of young artists that he came in contact with. Lester was a great inspiration to artist colleagues both in the midwest and on the east coat. He was discussed and was part of a group of serious painters that had a bond and shared mutual interests despite their differences.
Do you feel there’s any connection between your work and Lester Goldman’s?
I feel like I share the interest in “form and vision” that I referred to earlier with respect to Lester. I opted for more non-Western influences while Lester seemed to be more European and American oriented. I did work non-representationally for a long time and have returned back to images that have overt reference. I feel like we were both picture and image oriented even in paintings that lacked literal associations. It doesn’t seem like either of us were only engaged in the organization of shapes and colors.
Any other plans for your trip to Kansas City?
I plan on meeting with some people while I am in Kansas City to organize a glass sculpture project and/or a print project. I enjoy making work in Kansas City and haven’t been able to do that for some time due to family, teaching and generally making my work in New York.
Thanks. We’re looking forward to the discussion.