Stalled in the Mirror Stage: Why the Jack Goldstein and Gretchen Bender Shows Leave Us Seeing Largely the Retro In Their Retrospectives
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Jack Goldstein × 10,000, the first American retrospective of Pictures artist Jack Goldstein (1945 - 2003) was held this summer at The Jewish Museum in New York, from May 10 - September 29, 2013. See more at The Jewish Museum website. Gretchen Bender: Tracking the Thrill, presented key multichannel video installations and single-channel video screenings by Gretchen Bender (1951-2004) from August 27 - October 5, 2013. See more at The Kitchen website.
The confluence in New York this summer of two exhibitions by Pictures Artists, Jack Goldstein at The Jewish Museum and Gretchen Bender at The Kitchen, supplied the more theoretically-minded art cognoscenti an art historical quandary to ponder. Does the neglect of Goldstein and Bender as artists over the last two-to-three decades tell us something more comprehensive about the Pictures Generation as whole? Did the Pictures Artists, perhaps, by virtue of serving as a reflexive bridge between the art world and the media mainstream, only se
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