Goodman Gallery

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Goodman Gallery was founded in Johannesburg, South Africa by Linda Givon in 1966. With spaces both in Johannesburg and Cape Town, the gallery represents both established and emerging artists who have shaped the landscape of contemporary art in southern Africa.


Founded during apartheid, the gallery remained a "resolutely non-discriminatory space", protecting its artists and freedom of expression during the political tumult.[1]

Liza Essers purchased the gallery in 2008.[2]

Currently, it is one of the longest-standing international contemporary art galleries with a focus on "working with southern Africa's most significant artists, both established and emerging; those from the greater African continent; and international artists who engage with the African context."[3] The names include Ghada Amer, Candice Breitz, Kudzanai Chiurai, Mounir Fatmi, Alfredo Jaar, Liza Lou, Hank Willis Thomas, Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Shirin Neshat, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Ishola Akpo and The Brother Moves On.

In 2016, Goodman was named one of 500 best galleries worldwide by Modern Painters.[4] It also celebrated its 50th anniversary the same year with the two-part curatorial mission, In Context, co-curated by Liza Essers and artist Hank Willis Thomas that explored notions of African identity in both the United States and Africa.[3]


  1. ^ Citchon Miller, Emma (2016). "Goodman Gallery marks 50 years in Johannesburg". Financial Times.
  2. ^ Roffino, Sara (December 2016). "Dealer's Notebook: Liza Essers". Art + Auction. p. 18: Louise Blouin Media.
  3. ^ a b Binlot, Ann (2016). "Through Apartheid And Zuma, South Africa's Goodman Gallery Endures 50 Years On". Forbes.
  4. ^ "500 Best Galleries Worldwide". Modern Painters. p. 109: Louise Blouin Media. 2016.

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