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Frances Goodman

B. 1975

Johannesburg, South Africa

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. Her work is featured in collections of 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. 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. Notable 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 travelling exhibition curated by Simon Njami, initially at Museum für Mordern Kunst, Germany in 2014 concluded at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.

“The obsession with appearance, surface, and notions of success and beauty push women to compromising extremes…”


Frances Goodman Works


OFF-SPRING: New Generations

Oklahoma City, MO June 2017 - April 2018

'The Future is Female'

21c Museum November, 2016 - May, 2017


Cape Town OCTOBER 29 - DECEMBER 3, 2016

Let Down Your Hair

Art In Buildings, New York NOVEMBER 11, 2015

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