In Conversation: Catherine Goodman and Jenelle Porter

  • Fri 1 March 2024
  • 1 – 2 pm

On the occasion of the artist’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, ‘Catherine Goodman. New Works’, please join us for a conversation between artist Catherine Goodman and curator and writer Jenelle Porter.  

This will be Goodman’s first body of predominantly abstract works, marking a distinct development for the artist, whose signature dynamic surfaces and energetic brushstrokes will occupy some of her largest canvases to date. In these striking new compositions, Goodman continues her longstanding exploration of memory, place and the mystery of the unconscious.

This event is free; however, reservations are required. 

About Catherine Goodman
For more than four decades, Catherine Goodman CBE has developed a unique visual language that communicates a powerful visionary response to her lived experience and memory. Goodman’s intensely expressive painting process uses strongly pigmented oil paint, brushwork, oil sticks, drips and washes to create atmospheric and immersive paintings which explore both figuration and abstraction. Central to Goodman’s artistic process is the act of drawing directly from life, her intimate knowledge of the old master painters and drawing from film. This daily practice roots her mark-making in observation and informs and enriches her paintings.

Catherine Goodman’s role as an educator is integral to her artistic identity. In 2000, she co-established the Royal Drawing School with HRH King Charles III, to address the increasing absence of drawing in art education. Goodman studied at Camberwell School of Arts & Crafts, London, and the Royal Academy Schools, London, where she won the Royal Academy Gold Medal in 1987. Since 2019, Goodman has served as the Artist Trustee at The National Gallery, London. In 2024, she was awarded Commander of the British Empire for her services to art, UK. Her paintings are held in significant private and public collections including the National Portrait Gallery, the Fitzwilliam Museum, The Rothschild Foundation, and the Royal Collection Trust.

About Jenelle Porter 
Jenelle Porter is a curator and writer. Recent projects include An Indigenous Present, co-edited with Jeffrey Gibson (2023), and the exhibitions Barbara T. Smith: Proof, ICA LA (2023), Kay Sekimachi: Geometries, Berkeley Art Museum (2021), and Less Is a Bore: Maximalist Art & Design, Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (2019). She has held curatorial positions at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Artists Space, New York; Walker Art Center; and Whitney Museum of American Art.

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