Caroline Goe

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Caroline Goe was a self-taught New York artist.[1]


Very little is known about Goe's life, but she sold her work on Avenue B in New York's East Village neighborhood.[2] Other sources say Goe sold her paintings on Third Ave and 9th St.[3] Goe is described as a blonde woman, quiet, wearing a wool coat and dress and carrying many bags.[4]

She made her paintings in oil paint on canvas, perhaps found in the trash of artists in her neighborhood.[2] Some works were on paper or silky fabric; they were not on stretchers.[3] The works featured religious motifs.[3] The style is brushy and very colorful.[5] She priced them cheaply at one or two dollars per piece.[6]

Art therapist Barry Cohen purchased her work.[2] Goe and Cohen arranged meetings by letter, as Goe had no phone.[4] Her work was also bought by Lynne Tillman, Chris Martin and Robin Winters.[3]

Goe disappeared in 1989.[2][7]

An advertisement from 1990 for the Tartt Gallery in Washington, DC lists Goe as one of their artists.[8] White Columns features an exhibition of Goe's work from the collection of Lynne Tillman in March 2019.[1] It is the first show of her work.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Caroline Goe Exhibition". Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  2. ^ a b c d Sellen, Betty-Carol (20 January 2016). Self-Taught, Outsider and Folk Art: A Guide to American Artists, Locations and Resources, 3d ed. McFarland. ISBN 9780786475858.
  3. ^ a b c d e "White Columns - Exhibitions".
  4. ^ a b "Caroline Goe at White Columns: The Artist is Disappeared". Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art. Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  5. ^ Russeth, Andrew (2019-03-28). "Six Superb Shows in New York: Jessi Reaves, Mimi Gross, Nolan Simon, 'Strategic Vandalism,' 'Notebook,' and Caroline Goe". ARTnews. Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  6. ^ "Unsung and Lost Too Soon, Artists Gretchen Bender and Caroline Goe Are Honored in NYC". Observer. 2019-04-19. Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  7. ^ Johnson, Paddy (19 April 2019). Unsung and Lost Too Soon, Artists Gretchen Bender and Caroline Goe Are Honored in NYC, Observer
  8. ^ "The Clarion (Fall 1990)". Issuu.