With his aviator shades, shoulder-length locks, and blasé good looks, Jack Goldstein could have fronted some '70s band you don't quite remember. In actuality, the Montreal native who grew up in Los Angeles was part of the first graduating class at CalArts, where he fell under the sway of teacher John Baldessari. Eschewing classic visual training—"daubing away at canvases or chipping away at stone"—Baldessari favored theories of artistic self-effacement, appropriation of existing images, and other "post-studio" concepts. Late in his life, Goldstein (1945–2003) told an interviewer that Baldessari, though influential, "never gave me the nod at CalArts. I never thought he liked me." This retrospective at the Jewish Museum proves Goldstein needn't have cared: In a wide-ranging career, he combined theoretical verbiage with a powerful aesthetic that eclipsed his more famous instructor's... More >>>