|Posted by Manuel on November 23, 2011 at 8:00 AM|
Homage To a Great Artist
Abstract Pointillism Artist
Leonard Goldstein has been an Artist and Designer since the age of 5. He was born in 1945 and Raised in the Bronx New York. He attended the prestigious high school of Art and Design from 1958-1962, where he studied under Architect Dr. Erwin T. Muller. Leonard and a select group of students were hand picked to work on the design of the lower level of the George Washington Bridge for the Architecture firm Armen and Whittney.
In 1965 Leonard Attended the University of New Mexico where he studied Architecture with Thomas Verland and Painting with the late John Kacere.
In 1967 Leonard met the Sculptor John Chamberlain in New Mexico. Leonard was offered an apprenticeship with Mr.Chamberlain and drove with him back to NYC where he helped produce the Radical Art series,compression art and some early foam sculptures for the Leo Castelli Gallery (1967-1972), and the Guggenheim Museum.
In 1969 Leonard befriended and worked with Political Artist and Master Sculptor Peter Gourfain. Leonard helped Peter with many of his early outdoor sculpture installations that appeared in and around NY state an NJ in the early1970’s, he also photographed these events.
During his years living NYC, Leonard Co- designed and built The Floating Foundation of Photography for Maggy Sherwood with Artist Roy Slamm. (1969)
Director Robert Wilson’s First theatre studio on Spring Street. (1971)
( Design and construction).
Collaborated in building of the Dwan gallery at 420 West Broadway. (1972) With Gordon Hart, Peter Gourfain and Susan Hardcastle and Paul Morgenson. This group also did the interior construction for the Weber gallery.
I would call myself a re-emerging artist. I have always painted but I also enjoy designing and building which is how I was able to live and support my painting habit. I have always had the urge to create art. I was 5 years old when I first conceptualized this desire. I studied at the High School of Art and Design and graduated in 1962. From there I went to New Mexico and studied Architecture and Painting with the late John Kacere. I was introduced to the sculptor John Chamberlain in 1967 became his assistant for a time. After working with Chamberlain, I move to SoHo in 1969 and lived in the basement loft at 98 Greene Street, where I began my abstract pointillism paintings. There I developed my own technique and process and my style as an artist. I participated in some early shows in SoHo and worked for many artists building and renovating lofts, theaters and galleries. I made my living as a master carpenter in NYC for 45 years. I have always loved art and have never stopped painting and creating. Now I am also exploring sculpture and other areas where I combine my skills as a designer.