Decorative arts, rugs, banners, tapestries, Danish modern furniture, fetish figures, as well as ancient calligraphy are among Glenn Goldberg’s sources of inspiration, providing his work with a sense of varied cultural eclecticism. Goldberg’s compositions, consciously devoid of a narrative context, allow for the discovery of layered visual references ranging from the decorative arts to childhood imagination. The works are charged with a web of multiple dotted lines that delineate the space in rhythmic waves. The embrace of handmade imperfections continues to play an important role in this body of work.
Goldberg has exhibited extensively in the United States. His work is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO, the Rose Art Museum Waltham, MA, the National Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, and West Virginia University Art Collection, among others. Goldberg was named the 1996 Heilman Artist and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.