John Golding 1929-2012


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JOHN GOLDING Visions of the Modern, 1994

Painter, modernist art historian/curator and critic. Born in Britain but raised in Mexico, John Golding attended the University of Toronto, and worked briefly as a stage designer, before moving to London in 1951 to study art history at The Courtauld. John's dissertation on Cubism, written under Anthony Blunt and Douglas Cooper, was published as a book in 1957. Subsequently, he worked and taught at The Courtauld and Royal College of Art. A much loved and highly influential teacher, John married the roles of both painter, academic art historian and curator.

As a painter Golding worked in an abstract expressionist style, exhibiting widely throughout his career, and had his first major one-man show at Gallery One, London in 1962 and continued to regularly show internationally for the rest of his life. In 1970, he and Christopher Green organized "Leger and Purist Paris" at the Tate Gallery. The following year, John joined the faculty of the Royal College of Art. He published the volume for the important Art in Context series on Marcel Duchamp's Bride Stripped Bare in 1973. He was appointed the Slade Professor of Fine Art, Cambridge University in 1978 and curated the landmark exhibition "Picasso: Painter/Sculptor" at the Tate in 1994. His most recent book, Paths to the Absolute, was awarded the Mitchell Prize for the History of Art in 2002.

Golding exhibited extensively at home and abroad (see below). His work is widely held in museum and gallery collections, for example: Tate, Scottish National Gallery, British Council, Ferens, Hunterian, Southampton, York, Fitzwilliam, Oxford, MOMA, etc