FRANCES GOODMAN

b. 1975, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Frances Goodman was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1975. Goodman obtained a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from Goldsmiths College at the University of London in 2000, and holds a Laureateship from the Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten (HISK) in Antwerp, Belgium. She was a recipient of the Cecily Brown Fellowship for Outstanding Woman Artists in 2014 and took part in The Fountainhead Residency Programme in Miami, USA, in 2015. Frances Goodman presented her debut solo exhibition, Intimate/Inanimate Moments in 2003 at The Process Room, Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin.

Most recently, Goodman’s work is included as part of the group exhibition, I am… Contemporary Women Artists of Africa at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC, USA as well as Material Insanity at the Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden (MACAAL) in Marrakech, Morocco. Earlier this year she presented a solo exhibition with SMAC Gallery at Miart in Milan, Italy and a group presentation at the Investec Cape Town Art Fair in Cape Town, South Africa. Her work has also been included in Richard Taittinger Gallery’s presentation at the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair in New York, USA;  the group exhibition, Pop Stars! Popular Culture and Contemporary Art at 21c in Oklahoma City, USA and the Growbox Project which culminated with an exhibition at Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town, South Africa. 

Selected solo exhibitions include: offstage at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2018; Spit/Swallow, at Galleri SPECTA, in Copenhagen, Denmark, both in 2018; Beneath Her at Richard Taittinger in New York City, USA in 2017; Degreened at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa; Rapaciously Yours, Richard Taittinger Gallery in New York, USA, both in 2016; Let Your Hair Down, curated by Jennie Lamensdorf as part of the (TEI) Art-in-Buildings Programme in New York, USA; Lick It, Walgreens Art Windows, Art Center South Florida, in Miami, USA, all in 2015, and The Sweetest Ride at TM Projects, in Geneva, Switzerland in 2014.

Goodman’s work has formed part of a number of group exhibitions in both South Africa and abroad. Most recently: Delicate Industry at Richard Taittinger in New York City, USA in 2019; The Red Hour, curated by Simon Njami at Dak’Art: African Contemporary Art Biennale in Dakar, Senegal; The Future is Female at 21C Museum Hotel Cincinnati in Cincinnati, USA; I SEE YOU at the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, USA, all in 2018; Le jour qui vient, curated by Marie-Ann Yemsi, at the Galerie des Lafayette in Paris, France; All Things Being Equal, at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, (MOCAA) in Cape Town, South Africa, both in 2017; Herselves, at Blue Project Foundation, in Barcelona, Spain, both in 2016; The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists, a traveling exhibition curated by Simon Njami, at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, USA in 2015, SCAD Art Gallery, Savannah, Georgia USA and Museum für Modern Kunst (MMK), Frankfurt, Germany, all in 2014; The ‘F’ Word: Feminism in Art, at The Untitled Space, in New York, USA; Money Makes the World Go Round, Galleri SPECTA, Copenhagen, Denmark in 2015. She also featured in States of Mind, at Maison Particulière, Brussels, Belgium in 2014; and Not Human, Nor Stone at the Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town in 2011.

In 2017-2018, SMAC included Goodman’s work in various art fair presentations, including The Armory Show in New York City, USA; artmonte-carlo in Monte Carlo, Monaco; the Investec Cape Town Art Fair, and a solo presentation at Dallas Art Fair in 2018.

Frances Goodman’s work forms part of numerous significant public and private collections, including the PérezArt Museum, Miami, USA; the National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington DC, USA; Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), in Cape Town, South Africa; Foundation Sindika Dokolo, in Luanda, Angola; and the Matthais & Gervanne Leridon Collection, in Paris, France.

current

Goodman’s work is currently on show as part of the group show, I am… Contemporary Women Artists of Africa at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC, USA. This exhibition opened on 20 June 2019, and will run until 15 March 2020.

Goodman’s work is currently up on exhibition as part of Material Insanity. Gathering more than 30 artists from the continent and its diaspora, Material Insanity explores the material and its symbolic significance in a plurality of dimensions and formal experiences. Through installations made from everyday objects or materials, the exhibition combines various discourses in the service of a new aesthetic. The exhibition will run from 26 February to 22 September 2019 at the Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden (MACAAL) in Marrakech, Morocco.

highlights

Goodman’s work was recently on show as part of Delicate Industry, a group exhibition highlighting the works of Frances Goodman, Jorge Mayet, Pascale Marthine Tayou, and Eric Van Hove. The exhibition ran from May 1st to  June 30th, 2019 at Richard Taittinger Gallery in New York, USA.

Frances Goodman participated in a community project promoting sustainability and eco-friendly practices, facilitated by Zeitz MOCAA in collaboration with Grow Box. The exhibition ran from 17 February to 31 May 2019 at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCCA) in Cape Town, South Africa.

Goodman’s practice is featured in 50 Contemporary Women Artists, written by John Gosslee and Heather Zises. The book features a selection of women artists and architects who have made groundbreaking contributions to contemporary art, presenting fresh perspectives on feminism and notions of cultural power.

 I Am… Contemporary Women Artists of Africa | Smithsonian National Museum of African Art | Washington, DC, USA | 2019

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair (Richard Taitinger) | New York City, USA | 2019

Delicate Industry | Richard Taitinger Gallery | New York City , USA | 2019

GROBOX ART PROJECT | Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa | Cape Town, South Africa | 2019

Material Insanity | Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden (MACAAL) | Marrakech, Morocco | 2019

Investec Cape Town Art Fair | Cape Town International Convention Centre | Cape Town, South Africa | 2019

Wish You Were Here | SMAC GalleryCape Town, South Africa |2019

I SEE YOU | SCAD Museum of Art | Savannah, USA | 2018

OFF-SPRING: New Generations | 21C Museum | Lexington, USA | 2018

Not A Single Story | NIROX Foundation Sculpture Park in collaboration with the Wanås Foundation | Johannesburg, South Africa | 2018

The Red Hour| Dak’Art: African Contemporary Art Biennale | Dakar, Senegal | 2018

The Future is Female | 21C Museum Hotel Cincinnati | Cincinnati, USA | 2018

FNB Joburg Art Fair | Sandton Convention Centre | Johannesburg, South Africa | 2018

artmonte-carlo | Grimaldi Forum Monaco | Monte Carlo, Monaco | 2018

Investec Cape Town Art Fair |Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) | Cape Town, South Africa | 2018

X: Part III | SMAC Gallery | Stellenbosch, South Africa |2018

All Things Being Equal | Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) | Cape Town, South Africa | 2017

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair | Somerset House | London, UK | 2017

12th Contemporary Istanbul (CI) |Istanbul Congress Center | Istanbul, Turkey | 2017

Beauty and its Beasts | Durban Art Gallery | Durban, South Africa | 2017

X: Part II | SMAC Gallery | Stellenbosch, South Africa | 2017

FNB Joburg Art Fair |Sandton Convention Centre | Johannesburg, South Africa | 2017

Art Work: An Exploration of Labor | Art-in-Buildings (AiB) | Ghent, USA | 2017

X: Part I | Stellenbosch | 15.04.17 – 03.06.17

The ARMORY SHOW | Pier 92 and 94| New York City, USA | 2017

Cape Town Art Fair | Cape Town International Convention Centre | Cape Town, South Africa | 2017

Summer Show ’16 | SMAC Gallery | Stellenbosch, South Africa | 2017

FNB Joburg Art Fair | Sandton Convention Centre | Johannesburg, South Africa | 2016

UPSTART/STARTUP | SMAC Gallery | Johannesburg, South Africa | 2016

Cape Town Art Fair | Cape Town International Convention Centre | Cape Town, South Africa | 2016

LUSH | SMAC Gallery | Stellenbosch, South Africa | 2016

Taylor Dafoe | Artnet News | What to See at 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, From Sculptures Made of Acrylic Nails to a Lush Painting of Adam and Eve | May 2019 – PDF

Ginevra Bria | Domus | Material Insanity in Morocco | February 2018 – PDF

Garreth Van Niekerk | Huffpost | Huge Sequin Portraits Paint South African Women In Different Light | January 2018 – PDF

Emily Elizabeth Goodman | Hyperallergic |  The Future Is (Still) Female: Feminist Art for the 21st Century | May 2017

Mary Corrigall | House and Leisure | Surface Tensions | March 2017 – PDF

Roxy Kawitzky | ArtThrob | Kiss Kiss (or, The Void Vores Back): Frances Goodman’s ‘Degreened’ | November 2016– PDF

Sean O’Toole | Times Live | Wedding crash: the fabric of dreams | April 2016 – PDF

Seph Rodney | Hyperallergic | South African artist nails it with sculptures made from thousands of press-ons | March 2016 – PDF

Alina Cohen | VICE | South African artist explores feminism through intimate sculptures | January 2016 – PDF

Garreth van Niekerk | Mail & Guardian | Frances Goodman’s manicured bed of nails | May 2014 – PDF