On March 29, 2014, The Art & Law Program and Cabinet Magazine co-hosted a talk, Jack Goldstein: All Day Night Sky, by art historian and critic, Alexander Dumbadze.
Drawing on his forthcoming book on Goldstein, Dumbadze notes,
In many ways, the idea of Jack Goldstein the artist is as important today as his multifaceted art practice. This is due to the legend that has arisen after his untimely death, as well as the romanticization of his “failures” and subsequent “disappearance” from the art world. The detached nature of his films, records, performances, and paintings has only complicated the understanding of his complex and layered art, while simultaneously deepening the interest in his persona. “Jack Goldstein: All Day Night Sky” investigates the tension between myth and detachment in Goldstein’s art and life, and posits that in this tangle of art and biography is a nuanced engagement with both the utter necessity of the creative act and fundamental questions about living in the contemporary world.
Alexander Dumbadze is the author of Bas Jan Ader: Death Is Elsewhere (University of Chicago Press, 2013) and co-editor and co-author, with Suzanne Hudson, of Contemporary Art: 1989 to the Present (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013). He is an associate professor of art history at George Washington University and is currently at work on a book about Goldstein.