Phyllis Goldberg

Curated by Jack Pierson

September 6 - October 13, 2007

Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1927, Phyllis Goldberg has been working as painter since the late 1980s. Goldberg received her BA in art history from Brooklyn College and studied with Leo Manso at NY’s Art Students League. She began to paint at age sixty, and has been subsequently awarded numerous grants, awards and exhibitions. Her work has been exhibited in solo shows in Vermont and in numerous group shows in New York City. She was a fellow at the following residencies: Yaddo, the Ragdale Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Millay Colony for the Arts.  She received grants in 2000 and 2003 from the Pollack-Krasner Foundation and in 1999 she was awarded a studio for one year in lower Manhattan by The Space Program of The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation.


By Jack Pierson

“Experiments in Art 1997-2007,” marks Goldberg’s first solo exhibition in New York.  Featuring flat shapes that ambiguously reference both natural and constructed forms, Goldberg’s abstract paintings from the late 1990’s serve as the point of departure for this, her first solo exhibition in New York.  Wanting to monumentalize form into something that alluded to rather than depicted nature, she began reconstructing earlier gestural paintings by simplifying and enlarging select imagery, eliminating extraneous detail and reducing modulated color to flat planes. Working in oil allowed her to achieve an ideal level of flatness when applying layer after layer of different shades of black. She also reformulated biomorphic shapes from her sculptures, experimented with repetition of form—all the while concentrating on the importance of edge in relation to the ground—in order to create paintings featuring mute, flat shapes hovering at the edge of stasis.

YOUNG ART CRITIC ESSAY: Katherin Jentleson on Phyllis Goldberg