July 28, 2008 - Susan D. Goodman Collection - GRANT PROGRAM FOR YOUNG ARTISTS
July 28, 2008


Susan D. Goodman Collection announces

Susan D. Goodman Collection
225 West 86th Street, Suite 209
New York, NY 10024
Tel: (212) 579-0020
Fax: (212) 580-4064

The Susan D. Goodman Collection, a private contemporary art collection in New York, announces that it will award its first Goodman Grant to Columbia MFA 2008 graduate Martin Basher. The Goodman Grant was established this year to support young artists to live and work in an international art center while expanding his or her body of work. Basher was selected as the inaugural recipient by an independent selection committee, and will move to Berlin for a period of four months beginning this fall.

“The mission statement of my collection is ‘support a young artist,’ and lately I have been thinking about the meaning of ‘support’”, says Susan Goodman. “Purchasing, loaning and showing work is important; but I am seeing that young artists need other forms of support such as mentoring and unique opportunities to expand their context and enrich their life experience. Making the transition from an MFA program to the art world today is difficult. I am hoping to provide Martin with an experience that will challenge and nurture him during this period.”

The Susan D. Goodman Collection draws its inspiration from Jay Chiat, a longtime friend and mentor, who was an innovator and passionate collector of contemporary art. Over the past six years, Ms. Goodman has assembled a collection that brings together works from many different artists and countries, resulting in a deeply personal collection that is representative of current ideas, attitudes, and movements. In its first year, the Goodman Grant was made available exclusively to the Columbia MFA 2008 graduates. It includes airfare to and from Berlin, an apartment/studio, and a stipend to pay for art supplies and living expenses. Applications were reviewed by a selection committee consisting of three art-world luminaries: Mark Gisbourne, Jane Neal, and Christian Viveros-Faune. Mark Gisbourne is a critic, art historian, and resident curator of the Rohkunstbau, Germany. Jane Neal focuses her critique and curatorship on the art scene in Central and Eastern Europe and teaches a class at Oxford University. Christian Viveros-Faune is a critic as well as the curatorial advisor for the art fairs VOLTA (NY) and NEXT (Chicago).

Martin Basher, an artist originally from New Zealand, works in sculpture, painting and print, and focuses his work on our contemporary consumer society and its relationship with the environment. “I am thrilled to have this opportunity and am grateful to Ms. Goodman for making this incredible grant possible. I’m over the moon,” Basher says. “The time in Berlin is going to change my future enormously – my art and my outlook – and for this gift there are simply no words I can come up with that can adequately express my appreciation. It will be life-changing.”

For more information, please contact:
Lizzie Stein
Collection Manager
Susan D. Goodman Collection
212-579-0020 x:204

Susan D. Goodman Collection
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