John Golding (1929–2012) was an abstract painter, though today he is better known as an eminent art historian, teacher, curator, and critic. This documentary presents a life and art in precarious balance, exploring through his friends, ex-students, and colleagues the turbulent evolution of his painting and the creative tensions within a divided life. His pictures move from violent Mexican-influenced figuration to large-scale, hard-edge abstraction and then to increasing painterliness, reflecting a cultural moment when the stakes in painting were never higher. They mirror, too, his search for an artistic form to express, contain, and sometimes veil a troubled nature. Shown to complement the Center’s exhibition “A Decade of Gifts and Acquisitions,” this film will be screened in the Lecture Hall. Seating is limited.
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