Solid curating and progressive notions have gone into the Cincinnati Art Museum’s new solo exhibition Stewart Goldman: Presence Through Absence, in its Vance-Waddell Gallery now through May 10. This exhibition traces an evolution from representational painting, of recognizable rooms, into the increasingly less certain terrain of abstract painting.
It is daring that the museum and Jessica Flores, its associate curator of contemporary art, continue to intersperse contemporary exhibitions that feature vital members of the Cincinnati art world alongside international stars like Ryan McGinness and Mark Bradford. Born and trained as an artist in Philadelphia, Goldman has been a resident of Cincinnati since 1968. For most of the time in Cincinnati, he was a professor at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.
Presence Through Absence offers the chance to celebrate a long-term pursuit of aesthetic surprises in Goldman’s career and a clear case that painting, especially abstract painting, is a persistently relevant and energetic means to encountering and responding to the world we inhabit.
Read a review of the exhibit here.