Glenn Goldberg, Dog and Mountain


My work is involved with the desire to animate an inanimate object in different forms. The beings vary from dogs, men, women, rabbits, birds, flowers, ducks, and gargoyles. These beings are meant to deliver energies analogous with the ones that exist. The energies vary from calm, confusion, awkwardness, strength, gentility, joy, aggressive to loving. The attempt is to stay in each work until it qualifies as an actual carrier of energy rather than simply being pictorial, literal, or referential. The mystery and awe of the world we live in is what I am trying to honor when making work. The challenge is to resist succumbing to premature finish and logical conclusion. Ideally the work is complete and offers an active, unusual, and mysterious condition that lives in the present.
Artwork Info
Date 2020
Dimensions 60 x 40 inches
Medium Acrylic, gesso, pencil on canvas
Artist Info
Born Bronx, NY
Works New York, NY

Reflecting on this Year

In thinking of the exhibition, I searched for an image that would project strength in a loving ambiance. The black dog is attractive, strong, and is placed in a welcoming landscape by herself. She is alone and projects stability on a vast space. Her skin is decorative but not colorful or pleasant. The black and white pattern has a glow and is energized. The dog lives in a landscape that is quiet and welcoming in its demeanor. All of these thoughts seem appropriate to the isolation we have endured this past year…an isolation that required strength and clinging to hope as portrayed by the healthy dog and inviting vast landscape.


Glenn Goldberg was born in The Bronx, New York and studied at the New York Studio School followed by an M.F.A. from Queens College CUNY. He has shown extensively in America and Europe including Willard Gallery, Knoedler & Co., Jason McCoy, Betty Cuningham, Hill Gallery, Galerie Albrecht, Pace Prints, Barbara Krakow, and Charlie James. His work is in numerous public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Brooklyn Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; National Gallery of Art; Nelson Atkins Museum; Rose Art Museum; and JP Morgan Chase Collection. He has taught at The Cooper Union, New York Studio School, Parsons School of Design, and Queens College CUNY. He has received grants from Edward Albee Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, Urban Glass, Grand Arts, Sitka,Joan Mitchell Foundation and Sharpe Walentas. He has co-authored “?” with Amber Scoon for Atropos Press.