Carol Brown Goldberg was born in Baltimore, MD. She moved to the Washington, DC metro area after graduating from University of Maryland with a B.A. in American Studies. She received a second B.A. at the Corcoran School of Art under Gene Davis, where she was awarded the Eugene M. Weisz award upon graduation. In 1989 and 1990, Goldberg produced and curated a 14-part lecture series, "Voices of Our Time," which explored the relationship between art and science. She has taught at American University and University of Maryland, was Artist in Residence at Chautauqua Institute, is the recipient of the Maryland State Arts Award, and serves on the board of The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC and on the Collector's Committee of the Reading Public Museum.
In 2012 she was featured on the cover for Art Santa Fe. During this year she participated in a panel discussion led by Fre Ilgen in Berlin, Germany, which focused on creativity and the brain. Also in 2012, she produced the award winning short film, The Color of Time. She has recently been awarded third prize for a sculpture installation scheduled for the Parque de Levante in Murcia, Spain. Her paintings and sculpture are currently on a touring exhibition,beginning at the Vero Beach Museum of Art and the Foosaner Art Museum, continuing throughout the US until 2017.
Denise Bibro Fine Art
New York, NY
Goldberg's,Paintings: The Color of Time
Goldberg's work is noted for its use of reflective chips nestled among acrylics on canvas. Mesmerizing and colorful, they are almost hypnotic in nature. Subtle yet bold in style, her work is prolific and instantly recognizable.
Goldberg draws much of her inspiration from music, light, geometric pattern, and brightness. When the Vero Beach Museum displayed her work, they described it as such..."Goldberg infuses the surfaces of her canvases with pulverized polymer to intensify her colors and give them an almost Venetian look. Unlike the work of earlier artists whose hard-edged, geometric compositions seem flat and contained, Goldberg's paintings gather energy and pull viewers into a limitless 'abstract universe'." Historian and art critic Donald Kuspit stated her art as "Musical abstractions, acknowledging, as Kandinsky did, that all art aspires to the condition of music, which is abstract and expressive at once..."
The Washington Post
November 28, 2014
For decades, the trend in American sculpture has been toward the big and brawny, and often the industrial. Recent showcases by the Washington Sculptors Group have illustrated an alternate path, with lots of delicate, nature-inspired work. That continues in the WSG show “Sculpture Now 2014” — at the American University Museum — which includes pieces that evoke nests, roots and branches. But that doesn’t mean all 17 participants have renounced the power of scale.
The selection is arrayed in a relatively small but two-story area that suits towering items such as Carol Brown Goldberg’s “Secret Totem,” a 10-foot-high figure in red-painted bronze whose head whimsically takes the form of an electrical socket. Garrett Strang’s spindly “Nightwatch” is almost as tall, and there’s a large painted-steel root structure by Dalya Luttwak.
Among the works that repurpose natural materials: Mike Shaffer’s cage-like assemblage of red-painted branches; Elizabeth Burger’s tumbleweed covered in yellow paper; and Lynda Smith-Bugge’s “English Ivy Cradled in Cherry,” which contrasts raw and shaped wood. Man-made products emulate nature in c.l.bigelow’s “nest #23,” encircled by copper pipe; Julie Zirlin’s “Detail, Waves,” which stacks rounds of elegantly mismatched stoneware; and Joel D’Orazio’s “Wall Urchin,” which appears biomorphic but is made of multihued plastic piping and tubing. Foon Sham’s salt-filled hickory construction is among the many pieces with a nest-like shape, but he calls it a canyon.
Goldberg’s “Secret Totem” may be the show’s most imposing entry, but the tallest is “Air Rights,” one of Greg Braun’s two wall-mounted, nearly flat pieces. Using paint, drywall and landscaping fabric, Braun challenges not nature, but painting and architecture. “Air Rights” is striped in orange, red and yellow, suggesting such post-painterly colorists as Frank Stella and Kenneth Noland. In Braun’s intriguing formulation, sculpture is something that defines space but doesn’t necessarily occupy it.
by Ellen Fischer
September 11, 2014
Curated by Jack Rasmussen, director and curator of the American University Museum in Washington, the exhibition includes 16 paintings and 20 sculptures. The way that the VBMA and the Foosaner came to share the show was serendipitous, according to FIT Director of University Galleries, Carla Funk.
Funk was interested in the “Recent Works” show because the Foosaner owns an early painting by Brown Goldberg, who is Washington-based. When the president of IA&A, David Furchgott, visited Melbourne this summer, Funk did not know that the VBMA had already engaged the show. But Furchgott had some good news. According to Funk, the sculpture part of the exhibition was available because the Vero Beach Museum of Art had allotted space to exhibit the paintings only.
“It worked out wonderfully for us,” Funk says.
The Foosaner made arrangements directly with IA&A for the exhibition of the sculptures, but Funk first checked with VBMA director Lucinda Gedeon to make sure that no conflict would arise from the two museums showing different aspects of Brown Goldberg's work.
Funk hopes to see Vero's audience at the Foosaner to experience the diversity of Brown Goldberg's oeuvre.
“We do share an audience with Vero – it’s only 45 minutes away,” Funk says.
Alongside Brown Goldberg's bronzes, created between 2001 and 2011, the Foosaner will exhibit its 1983 painting, “Bride takes a bow.” It came into the permanent collection back in the '80s when Brown Goldberg received a purchase award for it in a competitive exhibition at what was then the Brevard Art Museum.
The 48-inch-square painting is a good example of Brown Goldberg's early figural work. It owes a debt both to Matisse for its colorful portrayal of people in decoratively patterned settings and Henri Rousseau for its tangle of tropical foliage, ferns and creeping vines that threaten to overwhelm the triumphant white gowned figure at its center.
Dating from 2008 to 2013, the non-objective paintings at the VBMA couldn't be more different and yet oddly the same as the work of 35 years before. While they do not include people, plants, family celebrations or comfortable bourgeois interiors, the newer paintings share the saturated color and all-over complex patterning evident in the Foosaner museum's 1983 work.
The paintings at the VBMA also have something that “Bride takes a bow” does not: size. The largest paintings in Vero Beach measure seven feet high by eight feet wide. They show a reliance on rigorous geometric, rather than organic, patterning and sparkly glass-encrusted surfaces.
In a 2012 video, The Color of Time, narrated by the artist, Brown Goldberg calls her recent paintings “maps that shimmer with countless particles of light.” Describing her technique, she reveals that her paintings begin with a solid color – in recent years, black – over which she adheres a generous “sprinkling” of pulverized optical grade glass. After applying some free-form squirts of paint from a squeeze bottle, the artist uses a template and ruler to paint layer upon layer of geometric patterns.
Her final act is to apply dots to the composition, “letting paint drop off the brush” to form them. These proceed from each edge in orderly ranks toward the center of the work, lightening in value as they go, until they come to an abrupt stop to form a rectangular reserve at the center of the painting. The rectangular shape at the heart of each composition both discloses and frames the artist's Pollack-esque paint squirts and stenciled checker boards, circles and asterisks that seem to float above the surface of the canvas like an aura.
If the paintings' fireworks – size, sparks of prismatic light, mesmerizing patterns – do not satisfy your yearning for an aesthetic experience, the artist's written statement informs you that her paintings are universes unto themselves that bring “infinity into perspective;” and challenge “what cannot be measured. I do this to better understand notions of time, physics, aesthetics, philosophy, life, and death.”
And if that is still not enough to impress, no less a person than art critic and historian Donald Kuspit wrote a catalog essay for a 2011 exhibition of Brown Goldberg's paintings that identifies her output as “musical abstractions, acknowledging, as Kandinsky did, that all art aspires to the condition of music, which is abstract and expressive at once, as (Walter) Pater said.”
Brown Goldberg's sculptures at the Foosaner are another matter altogether. Relatively small for their heroic medium (none loom larger than 10 inches high) the bronze sculptures began as assemblages of odds and ends that include toys (her children's outgrown building blocks were the basis of her first assemblage), defunct technology such as dial telephones and roll film cameras, kitchen implements that include an espresso pot and measuring cups, and hardware store miscellanea such as electrical outlets, drawer pulls and plumbing pipe.
While the jumble of found objects used to create the assemblages might have resulted in a group of arcane abstract compositions, Brown Goldberg has also dipped into her store of found humor to make a motley assortment of whimsical personages inspired, according to the artist, by the people depicted in family photographs.
The assemblages, however, are not exhibition-ready objects; Brown Goldberg has the pieces cast in bronze and finished with a warm brown patina at a professional foundry. According to a 2011 interview of the artist for The Studio Visit, an online arts journal, only then does she think the sculptures are “precious enough” or “satisfying” as sculpture to suit her taste.
It is appropriate that the Foosaner show the sculptural aspect of Carol Brown Goldberg with her lighthearted early painting, “Bride takes a bow.” Although she crafted both that painting and the sculptures so as not to leave a jot or a tittle to chance, their fundamental playfulness manages to shine through.
The Vero Beach Museum of Art will feature the artist's large-scale paintings in its Schumann Gallery from Sept. 20, 2014, through Jan. 4, 2015. The Foosaner Art Museum of Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) in Melbourne will exhibit Carol Brown Goldberg: Recent Sculpture from Sept. 19, 2014, through Jan. 4, 2015.
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