A Gentleman and a Scholar: Gifts to the HMA Collection by Dr. Malcolm Goldstein
February 24 - May 6, 2018
The Huntington Museum of Art lost a longtime friend and patron in 2014 when Malcolm Goldstein passed away at the age of 89. He had donated a number of artworks to the collection, beginning with a gift in 1976 of a suite of six prints by Cy Twombly, Roman Notes I-VI.
Over the next several decades, he donated important works by contemporary artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Larry Rivers, Lee Bontecou and Jim Dine to the collection. Though he moved to New York many years ago, he visited Huntington often and never forgot his hometown and its museum.
When the Huntington Museum of Art published a catalog in 2002 in celebration of its 50th anniversary, Malcolm contributed an essay which praised the museum as a “vital source of enjoyment and intellectual enrichment for the community and region.” Following his death, he left a sizable bequest to benefit the museum and its programs.
Goldstein was born in Huntington in 1925, the son of Jack and Lydia Cohen Goldstein. After attending local public schools during his younger years, he attended Governor Dummer Academy in Byfield, Massachusetts. Following his graduation, he enrolled at Princeton University in the summer of 1943. His time there was interrupted by military service in World War II, but he returned after his discharge and graduated in 1949. He then went on to earn graduate degrees, including a Ph.D. in English Literature, from Columbia University. After a brief stint as an instructor in the English Department at Stanford University, he moved on to teach at Queens College in New York, where he worked until his retirement in 1991. He authored a number of books on the history of English and American theatre, including books on Alexander Pope, Thornton Wilder and George S. Kaufman. His final published work was Landscape With Figures: A History of Art Dealing in the United States, a topic that reflected a lifelong interest in art and art collecting.
To celebrate the contributions of Malcolm Goldstein to the Huntington Museum of Art, this exhibition will showcase 14 works of art that he gave to the institution. With the exception of an historic print by John James Audubon, the remaining works are by 20th century American artists. Together these works form an important part of the contemporary art holdings of the Huntington Museum of Art and serve as a lasting memorial to a dedicated friend and patron.
This program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.
John Baldessari (American, b. 1931), Person with Conscience (Green)/Animals Quiescent (Yellow), 1991. Photogravure and spitbite aquatint etching, edition 2/25, published by Crown Point Press, plate size 37 1/2 x 32 inches. Gift of Malcolm Goldstein, 1994.49