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Jack Goldstein

b. 1945, Montreal, Canada

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Jack Goldstein was a Canadian-born American artist known for his manipulation of appropriated imagery in several different media. Some of Goldstein’s acclaimed works include Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (1975) and The Jump (1978), which are both visually striking and puzzling. “Dangerous objects are glamorous places to be,” he once quipped. Born on September 27, 1945 in Montreal, Canada, he moved with his family to Los Angeles in the 1960s. Goldstein went on to attend the Chouinard Art Institute, where he earned a BFA in 1969, and was part of the inaugural class of the California Institute of the Arts, where he studied under John Baldessari, receiving his MFA in 1972. He divided his time between Los Angeles and New York in the following decade, becoming part of what was known at the Pictures Generation alongside Robert Longo and Sherrie Levine. During the 1980s, Goldstein began producing photorealistic airbrush paintings of phenomena such as radar, lightning, and solar flares. The artist chose to isolate himself from the art world during the 1990s, and moved to a remote location in the California desert for much of the decade. Goldstein died on March 14, 2003 in San Bernardino, CA. Today, his works are held in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Tate Modern in London, among others.