Stanley Goldberg

Artist Photographer

A colorful painting of an elderly person with short hair. The artwork features bold brush strokes in various hues and is signed in the bottom right corner.
Mixed-media portrait by Dan Romer

I heard it said that flowers are responsible for color in the world. Not true, really, but certainly a great contributor. Color inspires my work, a theme that runs through most of what I photograph. Working up close with tulips and irises takes me into another world of structure, texture, beauty, line, form, shape, light. There’s a great reason flowers exist as a subject matter that has engaged artists throughout time. 

But it is not just about the flower, for me. Sometimes, it’s about juxtaposition. Sometimes, I discover in an image, long after the picture was taken, that there was an instinct for a moment felt yet revealed only much later. And I’ve come to find and seek the flower’s beauty in all stages, from bud, through glory, and into decay.

Having “Fragile Moments” acquired by and installed in the Center for Healing Arts at the Truman Medical Center (now University Medical Center) following its exhibition at the Epsten Gallery where art therapy programs were conducted in the midst of the exhibition, fulfilled a dream to realize a long and deeply held notion about the healing power of art.

from the Epsten Gallery Exhibition

In 2017 The Epsten Gallery at Village Shalom again exhibited Stanley Goldberg’s work, this time his series of “Carscapes,” curated by Heather Lustfeldt.

Stanley Goldberg’s vibrant photographs capture America’s love affair with the car and the wonders of daily life. He takes us in close, framing stunning reflections of city life that play upon the headlights, windows, and gleaming surfaces of parked cars. For Goldberg, these cars are the “canvases” upon which New York City life is “painted” in vibrant colors and distorted shapes. Here, a brick building with a face at the window, McDonald’s “golden arches” above, and the blue-jeaned legs of a passerby on the sidewalk converge in a brilliant abstraction of city life. There, a blue-black fire escape zig-zags upward, while painterly “brushstrokes” of yellow and green sweep across the image. Elsewhere, the roof-arc of a red car delineates two worlds: that of a mural painting of butterflies, tipis, pyramids, and dinosaurs, and that of apartment buildings across the street. This is New York. This is America.

- Jan Schall, Ph.d, Sanders Sosland Curator of Modern Art, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Mo.

Fragile Moments
from the Epsten Gallery Exhibition

In 2012 the Epsten Gallery at Village Shalom in Leawood, KS, exhibited Stanley Goldberg’s irises and tulips in a show curated by Marcus Cain titled “Fragile Moments.” The bulk of this exhibition was purchased by the Center for Healing Arts at University Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo. Those photographs can be seen on the sixth floor Obstetrics Department.

Whether it's a Jan Van Huysum 17th-century Dutch still-life bouquet, the abstract petals of a Georgia O'Keefe painting, Andy Warhol's silkscreen blossoms, Robert Mapplethorpe's quiet Calla Lily photographs, the disembodied bloom paintings of Ross Bleckner and Donald Sultan, or the ecstatic flower sculptures of Takashi Murakami - flowers remain an enduring subject through art and its history. Stanley Goldberg brings the viewer within pollinating range of giant irises and tulips, creating near abstractions of pure color, light, texture.

- "Fragile Moments," Marcus Cain, Curator, Epsten Gallery, Leawood, KS

silently, a bloom…
from the Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art Exhibition

In 2016 Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO, one of the area’s primary galleries, exhibited more of Stanley Goldberg’s tulip and iris series in a show titled “silently, a bloom…” Photographs from this exhibition went to the collections of the Nerman Gallery of Art, the Epsten Gallery at Village Shalom, the Kansas City Art Institute, and the Center for Healing Arts at University Medical Center in Kansas City, MO.

If our world and our society was as Stan Goldberg sees and photographs it, we would walk our neighborhoods and see through the facades into a world of surprises and unique beauty. He communicates with that quality ingrained in all of us who respond to truth and beauty and the phenomena of the world we live in.

- Lester Wunderman, Chairman Emeritus, Wunderman, Inc.

Stanley Goldberg Photography