Frances Goodman

b. 1975, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.


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 cemented her practice with the presentation of her debut solo exhibition, Intimate/Inanimate Moments in 2003 at The Process Room, Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. She has since exhibited extensively in South Africa and internationally.

Most recently, Goodman exhibited a solo presentation with SMAC Gallery at the Dallas Art Fair in Dallas, USA, and was a part of SMAC Gallery’s booth at artmonte-carlo in Monte Carlo, Monaco – both in April of 2018. Her solo exhibition, offstage, was up on exhibition at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa, from September 8 until October 20, 2018.

Recent solo exhibitions include; Giant Nails at Indigo Hotel in New York City, USA in ; a Solo Presentation at Dallas Art Fair in Dallas, USA; Spit/Swallow, at Galleri SPECTA, in Copenhagen, Denmark, all 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: The Red Hourcurated 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; SMAC Gallery’s presentation at artmonte-carlo in Monte Carlo, Monaco; Investec Cape Town Art Fair presented by SMAC Gallery at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) in Cape Town, South Africa all in 2018; Le jour qui vient, curated by Mari-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.

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


Frances Goodman will be participating in a community project promoting sustainability and eco-friendly practices, facilitated by Zeitz MOCAA in collaboration with Grow Box. Goodman’s practice is featured in 50 Contemporary Women Artists, written by John Gosslee and Heather Zises.

Goodman is currently participating in the group exhibition, Pop Stars! Popular Culture and Contemporary Art at 21c in Oklahoma City, USA, until February 2019.

Frances Goodman’s work will be on show at the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia, USA, as part of I See You, a group exhibition curated by Storm Janse van Rensburg. The exhibition runs until 30 December 2018.




Mary Corrigall in House and Lesiure, March 2017: Surface TensionsPDF

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

Sean O’Tool in Times Live, April 2016: Wedding crash: the fabric of dreamsPDF

Seph Rodney in Hyperallergic, March 2016: South African artist nails it with sculptures made from thousands of press-onsPDF

Alina Cohen in The Creators Project, January 2016: South African artist explores feminism through intimate sculpturesPDF

Garreth van Niekerk in Mail & Guardian, May 2014: Frances Goodman’s manicured bed of nailsPDF