From this morning’s Kansas City Star: the family of Lester Goldman will be holding an open house Saturday, January 19 from 12-5 PM. On view will be several hundred paintings and works on paper by the Kansas City artist who died in 2005. The open house will be at 1619 Walnut Street in Kansas City. It’s a totally off-beat and daring way to celebrate the life of an off-beat and daring artist. Let’s hope it’s a big success and has the results family and supporters are looking for–some interest in scholarly and curatorial projects. Click here for a link to the full article by Alice Thorson.
Besides the funky Miro-meets-Austin Powers paintings like the one pictured above, the open house will be a chance to see a number of the artist’s early genre scenes. It was one of these that was my first exposure to Goldman’s painting–a small Corot-like painting of a van in a suburban driveway owned by one of my undergrad professors. Realist or semi-abstract, Goldman’s paintings always just look like fun, and the artist always makes me feel like I’m in on the joke. I’m excited to make the trip in to KC for the chance to see this.
[UPDATE]: Due to tremendous public response to the January open house, additional dates to view Lester Goldman: A Life’s Work have been added. The family will make the work available to be seen every Saturday in February from Noon to 5 PM.