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Michener Art Museum showcases four decades of Alan Goldstein’s work


The James A. Michener Art Museum presents “Alan Goldstein: Elemental,” featuring 24 works spanning four decades by Bucks County artist Alan Goldstein, on view April 15 to Sept. 24.

In his extensive body of work, Goldstein explores nature, human identity, and cycles of growth and decay in his large abstract paintings, drawings, and sculpture. The human figure is of central importance to the artist, who probes aspects of the human psyche and anatomy, and presents the landscape as an extension of the self.

Other abstract works by Goldstein were conceived in response to world events, climate change, and his personal battle with cancer. The attack on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2011, in particular, had a profound effect on the artist and he painted monumental works in response, several of which are on view in the exhibition. These works are haunted by a ghostly presence with the hope to elicit a “visceral reaction” from the viewer.

Laura Turner Igoe, Michener’s Chief Curator, said, “Goldstein’s work invites us to find beauty and emotional power in unexpected places. We are excited to share his work with a wider public.”

Goldstein received an MFA from the Pratt Institute in 1970. His work is represented in over 70 private collections in the U.S. and abroad. A Bucks County resident since the 1970s, he taught painting and drawing at Bucks County Community College for over three decades. He became Professor Emeritus in 2003.

Upcoming programs include: a gallery talk at 2 p.m. April 28, offering a discussion with the artist and Igoe; and a studio tour with Goldstein at 2 p.m. June 7.

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