Marian Goodman

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Marian Goodman Gallery is the eponymous contemporary art gallery of owner Marian Goodman. Goodman opened the Marian Goodman Gallery on East 57th Street in 1977 and relocated to its current address on West 57th Street in 1981.[1] Marian Goodman Gallery represents a number of substantial contemporary artists, including the artist who holds the record for the most expensive sale of an art work for a currently living artist Gerhard Richter.[2]


A lifelong New Yorker, Goodman grew up on the Upper West Side and attended the Little Red School House and Emerson College. Her father, an accountant, collected art, particularly that of Milton Avery.[3] Goodman later enrolled in a Ph.D. program at Columbia University, and came to art dealing almost by accident, as a new divorcée who needed to support herself and two children.[4] In 1962, she organised a book of cheap prints of New York paintings to raise funds for her children's school.[5] Goodman and partners opened Multiples, dealing in artists’ editions, in 1965.[6] Multiples published prints, multiples, and books by American artists, such as Richard Artschwager, John Baldessari, Dan Graham, Sol Lewitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Smithson and Andy Warhol. From 1968 to 1975, Multiples worked with European artists, introducing early editions by Joseph Beuys, Marcel Broodthaers, Blinky Palermo and Gerhard Richter to American audiences.[7] Her failure to secure Broodthaers an outlet in New York was the impetus behind her decision to start her own gallery, though he died before she opened with a show of his work in 1977.[8]

Marian Goodman Gallery opened its first space in Paris in 1995. In 1999, a permanent exhibition space was opened in the Marais district. In 2014, the gallery will open its first outpost in London, located in a 11,000 square feet space inside a former factory warehouse at Golden Square. The architect David Adjaye is renovating the space.[9]


Goodman has stated that she believes a dealer should be committed to working with an artist for fifteen to twenty years. The gallery represents leading foreign artists, including William Kentridge, the painter Gerhard Richter, the photographer Thomas Struth, the sculptor Thomas Schütte, and the mixed-media documenter Lothar Baumgarten, of Germany; the sculptors Tony Cragg and Richard Deacon and the video artists Steve McQueen and Tacita Dean, of England; the installation-makers Christian Boltanski and Annette Messager, the filmmaker Chantal Ackerman, the site-specific painter Niele Toroni, and the digital animator Pierre Huyghe, of France; the Mexican aesthetic gamesman Gabriel Orozco; the sculptor and provocateur Maurizio Cattelan and the arte povera notables Giuseppe Penone and Giovanni Anselmo, of Italy; the Canadian creator of staged light-box photographs Jeff Wall; the Irish maker of gnomic slide shows James Coleman; the Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra; the Vietnamese born Danish poetic instillation and performance artist who is living and working in Berlin Danh Vo; the Ethiopian creator of densely layered abstract paintings Julie Mehretu; and the South African film animator and puppeteer William Kentridge. Goodman also represents American artists Dan Graham, Lawrence Weiner and John Baldessari. Kentridge, Struth and Orozco, like most of Goodman’s artists, joined her relatively early in their careers. One exception is Richter, who had had three exhibitions with Sperone Westwater before deciding to show simultaneously there and with Goodman. After several years of this joint arrangement, he dropped the original gallery.[10]


Raised a liberal, Goodman's friend German theorist and critic Benjamin H. D. Buchloh says, “Her judgment is ultimately aesthetic, but she has a broad understanding of what a privileged existence allows and requires one to do. Her gallery has a certain subtle social horizon of responsibility.”[1] In an article in the New Yorker, art critic Peter Schjeldahl said "Goodman may be the most respected contemporary dealer in New York, for her taste, standards, and loyalty to her artists." Michael Govan, director of Dia Art Foundation, describes her as one of the most powerful and influential dealers of the 20th century.

Marian Goodman was ranked 22 in ArtReview's guide to the 100 most powerful figures in contemporary art: Power 100, 2010.[11] She is ranked 5th on the list of America's Most Powerful Art Dealers, according to Forbes magazine.[12] In 2012, Goodman received an honorary degree from the CUNY Graduate Center.[13]


  1. ^ a b Schjeldahl, Peter. "Dealership". The New Yorker. February 2, 2004.
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  3. ^ Julie L. Belcove (July 2007), Marian Goodman W Magazine.
  4. ^ Blake Gopnik (November 21, 2011), Marian Goodman: The Accidental Art Mogul Newsweek.
  5. ^ Ed Pilkington (12 October 2006), Space women The Guardian.
  6. ^ Julie L. Belcove (July 2007), Marian Goodman W Magazine.
  7. ^ 30/40 Part II. A Selection of Forty Artists from Thirty Years at Marian Goodman Gallery, October 23 - November 24, 2007 Marian Goodman Gallery, New York.
  8. ^ Ed Pilkington (12 October 2006), Space women The Guardian.
  9. ^ Melanie Gerlis (April 10, 2014), Friendly face for Goodman in London The Art Newspaper.
  10. ^ Julie L. Belcove (July 2007), Marian Goodman W Magazine.
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  13. ^ 2012 Commencements CUNY Graduate Center, May 3, 2012.

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