Image: Untitled
(Montreal, Canada, 1945 - 2003, San Bernardino, California)

Untitled , 1986

Acrylic on canvas
84 in. x 84 in. x 6 in. (213.36 cm x 213.36 cm x 15.24 cm)
Gift of Stephen Friend
1992.43
This painting, which resembles a digital image taken from a weather satellite or telescope, seems to depict a natural phenomenon such as a sun flare exploding in space, but the image’s actual source is unknown.  Goldstein further confused its source, which he probably found in a science magazine, by adding geometric elements that make the image appear to be on a strip of film.  Contributing to the mysterious, photographic feel of the painting, he applied paint using an airbrush to eliminate any trace of the human hand.

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