Never Before Exhibited Lester Goldman Paintings and Ceramics Displayed at the Kansas City Public Library
September 3, 2009
The Kansas City Public Library hosts an original exhibit Lester Goldman: Flights of Fancy Fulfilled, including many paintings and ceramics that have never been on public display, in the North Gallery of the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., from Friday, September 18, through Saturday, October 31, 2009.
Goldman, professor of painting at the Kansas City Art Institute from 1966 to his death in 2005, abandoned figurative portraiture for more playful abstract experimentation: electric colors, sweeping lines, personal and political symbols, and a variety of media from sculpture to performance. He was interested in the complexities and paradoxes of the human condition, depicting human body parts as organic machines; delving into palindromes and wordplay; and using form and color to communicate profound emotions.
To complement the exhibit, on October 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Central Library, artist Glenn Goldberg and art historian Elisabeth Kirsch will discuss the symbols in Goldman’s work and the philosophy behind his creative process.
Goldberg studied at the New York Studio School and received a MFA from Queens College. He was named the 1996 Heilman Artist and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. Kirsch has been a curator of contemporary art, administrator, historian, and critic since 1976. Kirsch was a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in 1980, and she has curated more than one hundred exhibitions of photography, contemporary art, and American Indian art for not-for-profit and public institutions.
Sean Kelley will moderate the discussion. From 1989 -1994, he operated the Sean Kelley Gallery in the Uptown Theatre Building at 36th and Broadway. Kelley co-founded Grand Arts in 1995, a non-profit art gallery and foundation at 1819 Grand Boulevard, where he was the director until 2003.
Admission to the exhibit and event is free. Call 816.701.3407 to indicate your interest in attending or RSVP online.