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 Joseph Goldyne  (1942 - )

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Lived/Active: California/Illinois      Known for: monoprint-abstraction, modernist-leaning landscape

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Joseph Goldyne was born in Chicago in 1942. Mary Glunt and Leonard Breger,
Junior High and High School art teachers respectively were important
influences, but the artist was otherwise self trained. After receiving
degrees in Medicine (M.D. University of California School of Medicine, San
Francisco, 1968) as well as in the History of Art (Harvard University, 1971),
the artist came to prominence on the West Coast in 1973 with his first solo
exhibition at the Quay Gallery, San Francisco. This was also the first
exhibition in California devoted exclusively to the monoprint. The artist,
who had no inclination to proselytize for the medium became fascinated by its potential because it so often had been employed only as a "printed finger
painting." He wondered if it could be worked more subtly. Goldyne's eventual
efforts revealed that the medium could indeed produce lines and color of
extreme delicacy and thus serve as a more flexible vehicle for graphic
expression.

The artist's early monoprints juxtaposed passages from old master works as
well as from modern examples of which he was fond. The relationships
established through his orchestrations were intended to remark on
contemporary aesthetics and criticism. Goldyne found that, in terms of the
history of ideas, the great contributions of the 20th century had been in the
biological and physical sciences. During the 1980s and 90s, the careening
from the visual object toward conceptual art and the new art-historical
emphasis on contextual matters only strengthened his resolve to probe more deeply into the visual poetry of the passage of paint or print.

Paul Cummings stated that "it is characteristic of Goldyne, in his desire to present [a] severe visual critique in bold visual terms, that the results [must also be] at once beautiful and amusing" (Cummings, Joseph Goldyne, University of Washington Press, 1989, p. 18). Goldyne became one of the artists responsible for the rebirth of interest in the monotype (see Joanne Moser, "Singular Impressions/The Monotype in America", National Museum of American Art, Washington D.C., Smithsonian Institution, Spring 1997).

Most of Joseph Goldyne's works are small in scale, realistic in style and
conventional in theme. In the 1990s simple articles of clothing and books on
shelves sketched in oil or drawn in color pencil were studied. The subjects
were of particular resonance to the artist who titled them metaphorically,
but treated them with the reverence of a devoted draughtsman and painter. The physical object in light still commands his principal attention. His
expressed concern is to explore what he believes to be the still relevant
potential of visual poetry in the passage of paint or print.

Throughout his career, Goldyne has made edition prints, but his attention has
been focused on the unique impression as opposed to the production of
editions. Thus some of his prints exist in but a few proofs and the editions
are principally small in number. An overview of the artist's edition prints
was presented in 2001 (Joseph Goldyne, Selected Prints, Corcoran Gallery of
Art, Washington DC, October 6,2001 December 17, 2001). Finally, since 1985,
Joseph Goldyne has created a number of livres d artiste, working with
printer/designers Andrew Hoyem, Peter Koch and Wesley Tanner among others.

Abbreviated list of one person exhibitions

Joseph Goldyne, Selected Prints, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC,
October 6, 2001 December 17, 2001

Joseph Goldyne: The Artist's Book, The Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, California,
September 14, through Winter, 2001

Joseph Goldyne: Sandwiches and Seascapes 1996 - 1999, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, October 28 December 4, 1999

Joseph Goldyne: Recent Work, Thomas Gibson Fine Art Ltd, London, June 9 -
July 10, 1998. Catalogue.

Joseph Goldyne/ Monotypes, Elvehjem Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, March 22-May 4, 1997

Joseph Goldyne, Richard York Gallery, New York; Feb. - March 1993

Joseph Goldyne/Paintings Around Subjects, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe,
New Mexico, August 31 - September 20, 1991

*Familiar but Unique/The Monoprints of Joseph Goldyne, National
Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.,
September- December,1982

Joseph Goldyne, United States Information Agency Bicentennial Exhibition,
Washington, D.C.; 50 monoprints circulated in Europe, 1975-1976

Abbreviated List of Group exhibitions

Singular Impressions/The Monotype in America, National Museum of American Art, Washington D.C. , Smithsonian Institution, Spring 1997

Metalpoint: Joseph Stella, John Stores, Joseph Goldyne, Richard York Gallery,
New York, NY, April 25 - June 7. 1996

Facing Eden: 100 Years of Landscape Art in the Bay Area, The Fine Arts
Museums of San Francisco (25 June -10 September, 1995)

Recent Acquisitions: 20th Century Works on Paper in the Permanent Collection, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, January 28 - July 24. (Several Goldyne prints were exhibited)

Artists' Artists, Schmidt Bingham Gallery, New York, June 21 - July 21, 1989
Drawings and Monotypes (Portraits of artists) by Joseph Goldyne and Joyce
Treiman,

Contemporary Monotypes: Six Masters The de Saisset Museum, University of
Santa Clara, September 27, 1985 - December 15, 1985. ( An Exhibition of
Monotypes by Joseph Goldyne, Nathan Oliveira, Joseph Zirker, Mary Frank,
Michael Mazur, and Matt Phillips)

Small Paintings, Victoria Munroe Gallery, West 57th Street, New York,
December,1983.

Six Printmakers, San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art, San Francisco,
July-September, 1978



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