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Artist: E. J. Gold
Dated: April 23, 1953 (making this a very early career work)
Medium: Acrylic on canvas board
Size: 16"x14 1/8" (framed); 8"x 10" (unframed)
E.J. Gold was born in New York City in 1941. As the son of Horace L. Gold, the famous editor of GALAXY magazine — who has been called “the greatest editor ever in any field” by David Rosheim in Galaxy, the Dark and the Light Years — he grew up surrounded by some of the greatest science fiction writers of this century, artists and intellectuals, the Who’s Who in the Arts in America of the 40’s and 50’s: Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Heinlein, Frank Herbert, Alfred Bester, Harlan Ellison, Theodore Sturgeon, Robert Silverberg. Other celebrities associated with his family included geniuses from the arts and the sciences like John Cage and Merce Cunningham who were frequent Friday night card players at the Golds'.
As you view this painting you can see the developing sense of angle and direction in the young artist.
This would make an outstanding center-piece to the E.J. Gold collector (or to any specialty piece collector). The painting clearly demonstrates why Gold was recognized at a very early age for his artistic skill and intelligent design.
Gold began an artistic career while still a child participating at the Museum of Modern Art’s Children’s Art Carnival (winning his first important art award). Later, when he was old enough to do it, he frequented the Cedar Tavern in the heyday of the New York School, enjoying the excitement of artists in the round at the cultural mecca of an entire generation. After moving to Los Angeles in 1960, Gold studied and later taught at Otis Art Institute. Major influences of this period include Rico Lebrun, Bentley Schaad and Fritz Schwaderer; Lebrun’s influence is most present in Gold’s is most present in Gold’s charcoals, while the latter has marked his landscapes. From there he went on to become a prominent member of the infamous California Nine, a guerilla artist group of the sixties.
E.J. Gold and a group of artists officially founded the Grass Valley Graphics Group. Together they authored the Manifesto on reductionism, an artistic movement at the cutting edge of experimentation that minimizes visual elaboration in order for the viewer’s experiential expectations, previously experienced visual and emotional stimuli, and stored perceptual patterns to determine perception.
Now world-famous for his JazzArt ®, Gold's works have been exhibited in museums including the Houston Museum of Fine Art, Northern California's Museum of Ancient and Modern Art, the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in NYC, the Museum of Modernism in Houston, Texas, and the Smithsonian: Gold's portrait of Herbie Hancock is in the permanent collection of the National Museum of American History.
Gold’s work has been seen in a long list of established and alternate art galleries, museums, distinguished collections and public buildings throughout the world in Norway, Canada, Spain, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, and Australia. Some Gold Odalisque ceramics, particularly appreciated for their vividness and boldness, are currently in the solarium of the White House; other ceramics can be found at places like the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Gift Shop and the stylish Tesoro’s and Gallery of Functional Art.
Gold's work often violates scale, at once denying dimension and perspective, by making use of color, form, texture, negative space, forced perspective, compressions, color field and figure-ground relationships. He typically explores the vertical dimension of time which contains the creative act itself and by orienting everything toward the viewer brings one into a relationship with it.