Joseph Goldyne was born in 1942 in Chicago, IL. He came to prominence as an artist on the West Coast in 1973 with his first solo exhibition of monoprints at the Quay Gallery, San Francisco. He has been credited as one of the artists responsible for the rebirth of monotype and monoprint as valuable approaches to art. Since that opening show, Goldyne has continued to exhibit his paintings, drawings and monotypes at museums and galleries in both the United States and Europe. Recognized as one of the most creative and energetic contemporary California artists, Goldyne was honored in 2001 with a retrospective of his work together with a book and catalogue raisonné of his edition prints at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. (now incorporated into the collections of the National Gallery of Art and a few other museums) and in 2015/2016 with a monographic exhibition of his artist’s books at Stanford University Library. The Library also published a Catalogue Raisonné of his artist’s books.
Educated as a physician before getting his graduate degree in art history, Joseph Goldyne is nevertheless a self-taught artist. Since childhood, drawing and painting always seemed to him as something that one just did, like speaking or singing. Despite his unusually wide range of subject matter, Goldyne's work is noted for its persistent interest in contemporary aesthetics and criticism. Of his earlier career paintings, monotypes and drawings, it has been written that “[they] are deeply rooted in the art-historical past. Small in scale, realistic in style and conventional in theme, they nonetheless represent a kind of quiet, unpublicized vanguard of their own, so radically steeped in tradition as to be new, so geared toward ancient, humanistic notions of art’s purpose as to offer a fresh artistic experience.” (David Winter, Art News, Nov. 1984, vol. 83, no. 9, p.93).
Since 2005, Goldyne’s focus has been the waterfall. From the beginning, he has pursued his exploration imaginatively as opposed to working from nature or from photographs. His career-long fascination with the vertical format has favored its choice for many of his works for over 40 years. An appreciation of Japanese subjects appropriate to the format of hanging scrolls, particularly those of the Kyoto-based Shijo school, as well as a love for European and American plein air sketching in oils have encouraged his choice of the waterfall as a fitting subject worthy of continual exploration.
5:35 | Narrated by Jeremy Tessmer | Part of an exhibition for the Clarinda Carnegie Art Museum
3:41 | Narrated by Jeremy Tessmer | Released for Joseph Goldyne: Fall Light
4:22 | Narrated by Jeremy Tessmer | Released for Joseph Goldyne: Waterfalls, 2012
1964 BA, Art History, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
1968 MD, UC San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
1970 MFA, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (Jewish Cemetery, Colma, 1981 & Goya's Bull Coming in Over Marin, 1973 & Tall & Thin, 1982 & Pinwheel Palm, 1981 & Vendome, 1978-79 & Night Choir, 1983 & Opening, 1983 & Palm Promenade, 1981 & The Thick of It, 1982 & Captain's Decanter, 1978 & Self-Portrait, 1985 & Opening, 1983 & Night Choir, 1983 & All or Nothing, 1991 & Sandstorm Palm, 1981)
Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA (Jewish Cemetery Palms, Colma, 1982 & Waterfall, 2016 & Roll Up, 1979 & Night Tulip, 1987 & Apples Three, 1987)
The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Crocker Museum, Sacramento, CA (Hiroshige Falls, 2016)
Elvehjem Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Honolulu Academy of Art, Honolulu, HI
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY (Jewish Cemetery Palm, Colma, 1981 & Jewish Cemetery Palm, Colma, 1981 (alternate version) & High Hopes, 1989 & The Hard Cell, 1975 & The Dark Delights of Reserach II, 1997 & The Hard Cell: Chardin's Brioche Against Goya's Wall, 1975 & Not Conceptual, 1999)
Minneapolis Institute of Fine Art, Minneapolis, MN
New York Public Library, New York, NY
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA (Pale Primers, 1994-99 & Sweater Closet at Dusk, 1984 & The Chill Uncertain Sunlight of Those Long Childhood Hours, 1994 & Animal Crackers with Cubist Spatter, 1976 & Imaginary Waterfalls, 2011)
Phillips Collection, Washington D.C.
Saint Louis Museum of Art, Saint Louis, MO
Stanford University Museum of Art, Stanford, CA (Violin, 1986 & Idyl, 1991 & Red White and Blue Floral, 1982)
Vassar College Museum of Art, Poughkeepsie, NY (Tall & Thin, ND)
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Yale University, Beinike Rare Book Library, New Haven, CT
Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2022JOSEPH GOLDYNE: Imaginary Falls, Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara CA
1973 Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1973 E. B. Crocker Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1974 Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1975 Bicentennial Exhibition (organized by U.S. Information Agency), Washington, D.C.
1976 Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1976 Thomas Gibson Fine Arts Ltd., London, England
1978 James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1979 John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1980 Impressions Gallery, Boston, MA
1980 James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1981 Smith Andersen Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
1981 John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1982 National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
1983 Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, HI
1983 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
1983 John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1986 The Jewish Community Museum, San Francisco, CA
1987 New York Academy of Sciences, New York, NY
1987 Associated American Artists Gallery, New York, NY
1989 Roger Ramsay Gallery, Chicago, IL
1989 Thomas Gibson Fine Art Ltd., London, England
1990 John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1990 Anne Reed Gallery, Ketchum, ID
1990 Christopher Grimes Gallery, Carmel, CA
1990 Gump's Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1991 Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1991 Associated American Artists, New York, NY
1992 The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
1993 Richard York Gallery, New York, NY
1994 Smith Andersen Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
1997 Elvehjem Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
1998 Thomas Gibson Fine Art Ltd., London, England
1999 John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2000 Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA
2001 Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
2005 Addison Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
2012 Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2013 Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma, CA
2015 Stanford University Library 2017 Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2019 Clarinda Carnegie Art Museum, Clarinda, IA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
1975 National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
1978 Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York, NY
1978 The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
1981 The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
1982 New York Public Library, New York, NY
1983 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
1984 Smith Andersen Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
1985 The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA
1986 Galleri Kulturtorvet, Copenhagen, Denmark
1987 The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
1987 Stanford University Art Museum, Stanford, CA
1988 Associated American Artists, New York, NY
1990 Campbell-Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1991 National Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
1991 Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
1993 Edith Caldwell Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1994 The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1995 The Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, CA
1996 Richard York Gallery, New York, NY
1997 National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
2007 San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA