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Frances Goodman

B. 1975

Frances Goodman obtained her Master of Fine Arts Degree from Goldsmiths College at the University of London in 2000 and holds a Laureateship from the Hoger Instituut Voor Schone Kunsten in 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. Her work is featured in collections of PérezArt Museum, Miami, USA; the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), South Africa; the National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institute, USA; the Sindika Dokolo African Collection of Contemporary Art; and the Chase Manhattan Collection, USA; and the Matthais & Gervanne Leridon Collection, Paris, France. Goodman was a recipient of the Cecily Brown Fellowship for Outstanding Woman Artists in 2014 and took part in The Fountainhead Residency Programme in the USA, in 2015.

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.

Notable group exhibitions include: Le jour qui vient (The Day That Comes), at Galeries Lafayette in Paris, France in 2017 and The Seven Deadly Sins from Durer to Nauman, Zentrum Paul Klee and Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland in 2010. The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory and Hell Revisited By Contemporary African Artists, a traveling exhibition curated by Simon Njami, initially at Museum für Mordern Kunst, Germany in 2014 concluded at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.

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Beneath Her - October 26-December 23rd, 2017 - Exhibition Views

Works Featured in Beneath Her

Rapaciously Yours - February 26-April 17, 2016 - Exhibition Views

Works Featured in Rapaciously Yours

Gallery Gurls: Enter Frances Goodman’s Woman Cave of Feminist Delights

‘Rapaciously Yours’, Frances Goodman’s recent solo exhibit at the Richard Taittinger Gallery, addresses fundamental women’s issues by way of a tantalizing visual experience. Through large- scale, emotionally engaging works, the South African artist touches upon the male gaze, unjust societal…

HuffPost Arts & Culture: For Selene Wendt, Being a Curator Is About Making Meaning in and of the World

“The job of a curator is very much like that of an editor, in so far as an editor often works to tweak things, and to highlight the strengths of an artist. As a curator, I work to tie together…

Art Observed: AO On-Site – New York: 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, May 5th – 8th, 2016

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair opened its second edition at Pioneer Works in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook this weekend, presenting over 60 artists from 27 countries to cement its reputation as the premier platform for the representation of…

New York Times: Art Fairs to Check Out This Weekend in New York

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair The furthest afield, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair is worth the schlep out to Pioneer Works in Red Hook. In its second New York edition, the fledgling fair offers a place for international collectors to…

True Africa: 5 must-see booths at 1:54 African art fair in NYC

Richard Taittinger Gallery Walking through the space for Richard Taittinger Gallery, the artwork of Frances Goodman will likely stand out. Even from a distance you will surely notice the image of Nelson Mandela displayed on a giant currency note, and…

ARTNews: ‘It Aims Toward the Universal’: At the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in Red Hook, Brooklyn

The 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair has returned for a second go-round at Dustin Yellin’s Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn, which is nicely situated at a literal and metaphorical distance from the rest of the Frieze Week action. Many…

Artnet News: See the Top 10 Artists at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

1:54 New York is back for a second swing at Pioneer Works, and it packs a satisfying punch. A brisk sweep takes you across the length of the floor and back again in good time, with the promise of works…

New York Post: You won’t believe the famous art hanging in these guys’ offices

In the last decade, New York’s real estate and art worlds have collided like never before, with developers commissioning site-specific work and architects designing entire buildings around major pieces. Meanwhile, the executives behind all those art-mad condominiums have become regulars…

OkayAfrica: A Preview of This Week’s 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair New York

This Friday marks the beginning of the leading transnational fair for contemporary African art in New York. Held at Pioneer Works, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair marks its second year in the city featuring over 60 artists from 25 countries…

Observer: Frieze Week Edition: 25 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before May 9

FRIDAY, MAY 6 Fair: “1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair” at Pioneer Works The second edition of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, a showcase for contemporary African art and cultural production, brings the work of more than 60 artists from the…

Financial Times: African art – 1:54 art fair returns for its second US edition

With interest from private collectors and museums, contemporary work from Africa is in hot demand. 1:54 is a fair founded in 2013 to promote contemporary artists from Africa and the diaspora. It was set up in London by Touria El…

Hi-Fructose: Frances Goodman’s Writhing Sculptures Consist of Fake Nails

Separately, each artificial nail used by South African artist Frances Goodman is a temporary, expendable object. But when the artist combines them into a single sculpture, she depicts living, “bodily forms” that defy their nature. “Some of the sculptures are…

TimesLIVE: Wedding Crash: The fabric of Dreams

Titled Rapaciously Yours and on view at the Richard Taittinger Gallery in New York, the exhibition comprises nine sculptures and a large sound installation called The Dream. The latter work is composed of 40 wedding dresses sourced from second-hand stores…

Broad Strokes: Art Fix Friday: April 1, 2016

The New York Times charts the resurgence of women-only art shows, stating, “While some artists are ambivalent about being viewed through the lens of gender, the all-women’s group show, which fell out of favor in the ’80s and ’90s, is…

Hyperallergic: South African Artist Nails It with Sculptures Made from Thousands of Press-Ons

When Taraji P. Henson, in the character of Cookie on the TV show Empire, stalks into a room, juts out one voluptuous hip, puts her hand on it, looks a rival directly in the eye and says “What’s up, boo…

Fashion Times: 5 Must-See Art Exhibitions in New York City

Richard Taittinger Gallery presents the first major solo exhibition of works by Frances Goodman. The South african artist explores the emotions surrounding  woman’s pursuit to be seen as desirable, confident and powerful in “Rapaciously Yours.” The collection of work involves…

ODD: ‘RAPACIOUSLY YOURS’

Rapaciously Yours, the first major solo exhibition of works by South African artist Frances Goodman, is on display now at Richard Taittinger Gallery, 154 Ludlow St. The show is a breathtaking demonstration of skill and wit, managing to strike that…

Times Live: Northern Exposure: SA art finds Manhattan groove

“All so f***ing African,” reads a text panel floating above the melee at the Armory Show, a ritzy art fair held every spring next to New York’s Hudson River. For a few days last week this provocative statement by Cape…

Covet Cult: “Rapaciously Yours” by Frances Goodman

Rapaciously Yours by Frances Goodman is the first major solo exhibition in the United States, shown by South African artist at none other than my favorite Lower East Side Gallery, The Richard Taittinger Gallery, located at 154 Ludlow St.. I…

Neoillusion: RAPACIOUSLY YOURS :: Frances Goodman

O, Rapture! Capture me and take me away to the depths of your passion. Wrap me in your embrace, calmly sway me virulently, vigilantly and captivate my essence eternally. I am the curve at the edge of the circle, the…

GirlTalkHQ: South African Artist Explores Female Identities and Notions of Beauty With Her Unusual Sculptures

South African artist Frances Goodman is set to showcase an exhibition titled ‘Rapaciously Yours’ at the Richard Taittinger gallery in New York from February 26. Before we talk about her powerful artwork, we should point out that Frances will be…

The Creator’s Project: South African Artist Explores Feminism Through Intimate Sculptures

Artist Frances Goodman once spent hours at a time sitting in between naked women’s legs, adorning their vaginas with individual stones (a process also known as “vajazzling”). She was photographing the vajazzled areas for a new series. Unsurprisingly, she says…

Happening: New artist representations #20

Simon Fujiwara is now represented by Andrea Rosen Gallery. The multidisciplinary artist had his first solo show at the gallery in 2013. In January 2016, Fujiwara will be exhibited at the Obayashi Foundation and at the Tokyo Opera City Art…

Observer: Frances Goodman’s ‘Touched’ Dazzles the Nether Regions (NSFW)

During her brief stay in New York, South African artist Frances Goodman put an ad in the Village Voice for female models, then adorned their pubic areas with rhinestones spelling out the phrase “I Do.” (This practice, for the uninformed,…

Huffington Post: Frances Goodman’s ‘Vajazzling Series’ Comes To (Art) Amalgamated (NSFW, PHOTOS)

Even if you are not familiar with the trend of vajazzling, you can probably imagine what it entails. Normally, we wouldn’t think of the ostentatious pastime as the pinnacle of feminism — you are, after all, doing to your vagina…

Hyperallergic: From Car Hoods to Vajazzling

It’s the first Frieze Art Fair in New York and everyone took an excited and speculative deep breathe in anticipation of what is expected to be the next best thing. Not so for South African artist Frances Goodman who is…