Johannesburg, b.1975

Frances Goodman

Frances Goodman is a multimedia artist born in Johannesburg, South Africa. Working with objects commonly associated with female identity, such as acrylic nails, false eyelashes, and jewelry, Goodman explores how beauty regimes and perfectionism creates obsession and neuroses. Her humorously dark sculptures and installations suggest how self-conscious anxieties play a disproportionate role in governing women’s lives. In her examination of beauty conventions, marriage traditions, and common material possessions, Goodman reveals both the self imposed and external pressures to conform to societal expectation. Her works rebel against the influence of the male gaze and a media-obsessed, mainstream culture. Meanwhile their glossy, sensual surfaces capture the underlying libidinal energy that motivates consumption, from a gleaming car hood to a metallic nail polish sheen. Her work is included in several major international collections,...

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Biography

Frances Goodman is a multimedia artist born in Johannesburg, South Africa. Working with objects commonly associated with female identity, such as acrylic nails, false eyelashes, and jewelry, Goodman explores how beauty regimes and perfectionism creates obsession and neuroses. Her humorously dark sculptures and installations suggest how self-conscious anxieties play a disproportionate role in governing women’s lives. In her examination of beauty conventions, marriage traditions, and common material possessions, Goodman reveals both the self imposed and external pressures to conform to societal expectation. Her works rebel against the influence of the male gaze and a media-obsessed, mainstream culture. Meanwhile their glossy, sensual surfaces capture the underlying libidinal energy that motivates consumption, from a gleaming car hood to a metallic nail polish sheen. Her work is included in several major international collections, including the Smithsonian Institution, Francis J. Greenburger Collection, 21C Museum Hotel, Sindika Dokolo Collection, Angola and UNISA, South Africa.

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

Artworks

14

Mwaa, 2019

Related Categories

21st Century Art / Acrylic Nails / Africa / African Art / Art of the 2010s / Artificial Nails / Bright Colors / Contemporary African Art / Female Identity / Feminine Items / Ideal Beauty / Installation / Johannesburg / London / Sculpture / South Africa / Standard of Beauty / Using Unusual Tools and Materials / Women Artists

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 2003

    MFA, Laureate of the Higher Institute for Fine Arts, (HISK), Antwerp, Belgium

  • 2000

    Master of Arts Degree: Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London, London, UK

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    MiArt, SMAC Gallery, Fiera Milano City, Milan, Italy

  • 2018

    Offstage, SMAC Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Dallas Art Fair (SMAC Gallery), Fashion Industry Gallery, Dallas, USA

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    The Female Lens, Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York, NY

  • Delicate Industry, Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York City, USA

  • 1-54 NY Contemporary African Art Fair, Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York City, USA

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Education

  • 2003

    MFA, Laureate of the Higher Institute for Fine Arts, (HISK), Antwerp, Belgium

  • 2000

    Master of Arts Degree: Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London, London, UK

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    MiArt, SMAC Gallery, Fiera Milano City, Milan, Italy

  • 2018

    Offstage, SMAC Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Dallas Art Fair (SMAC Gallery), Fashion Industry Gallery, Dallas, USA

  • Spit/Swallow, Galleri SPECTA, Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Giant Nails, Indigo Hotel-Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York City, USA

  • 2017

    Beneath Her, Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York City, USA

  • 2016

    Degreened, SMAC Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

  • 1, 54 Contemporary African Art Fair (Richard Taittinger Gallery), New York City, USA

  • Rapaciously Yours, Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York City, USA

  • 2015

    Lick It, Windows@Walgreens, ArtCenter/South Florida, Miami, USA

  • Let Down Your Hair, Art-in-Buildings (AiB), New York City, USA

  • 2014

    Nail Her, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • The Sweetest Ride, TM Projects, Geneva, Switzerland

  • 2013

    Sub Rosa, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Cars and Girls, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town, South Africa

  • 2012

    Touched, (Art)Amalgamated, New York City, USA

  • 2011

    Goodman Garage, 195TH Ave- Westdene, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Forever, KwaZulu Natal Society of Arts (KZNSA), Durban, South Africa

  • Till Death Us Do Part, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • 2010

    Keeping Up Appearances, Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels, Belgium

  • 2009

    Morbid Appetites, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

  • 2008

    Careless Whispers, Galleri SPECTA, Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Young Guns, Project Space at RC Art Fair, (Aeroplastics Contemporary), Brussels, Belgium

  • 2007

    Wishful Thinking, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • 2005

    P+C43etite Mort, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • 2004

    Wanting, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Afdeling Kortrijk (KULAK), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Kortrijk, Belgium

  • David, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa

  • 2003

    Intimate/Inanimate Moments, The Process Room, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

  • 2000

    Frances Goodman and Moshekwa Langa at the Goodman Gallery, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    The Female Lens, Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York, NY

  • Delicate Industry, Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York City, USA

  • 1-54 NY Contemporary African Art Fair, Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York City, USA

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

  • GrowBox Art Project, African Artists for Development (AAD) Incubator Programme, Zeitz

  • Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), Cape Town, South Africa

  • Investec Cape Town Art Fair (SMAC Gallery), Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC)  

  • 2018

    Communicate, Galleri Specta, Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Wish You Were Here, SMAC Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

  • FNB Joburg Art Fair (SMAC Gallery), Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • I SEE YOU, SCAD Museum of Art,  Savannah, Georgia

  • OFF-SPRING: New Generations, [Travelling Exhibition], 21C Museum, Lexington, USA

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

  • The Red Hour,  curated by Simon Njami, Dak’Art: African Contemporary Art Biennale, Dakar, Senegal

  • artmonte-carlo (SMAC Gallery), Grimaldi Forum Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco

  • Investec Cape Town Art Fair (SMAC Gallery), Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), Cape Town, South Africa

  • The Future is Female  [Travelling Exhibition],  21C Museum Hotel Cincinnati, Cincinnati, USA

  • 2017

    1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair (SMAC Gallery), London, UK

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

  • X: Part III, SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa

  • Beauty and its Beasts, Durban Art Gallery, Durban, South Africa

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

  • X: Part II, SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa

  • FNB Joburg Art Fair, (SMAC Gallery), Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Art Rotterdam (Galleri SPECTA), Van Nellefabriek, Rotterdam, Netherlands

  • The ARMORY SHOW (SMAC Gallery), Piers 92 and 94, New York City, USA

  • Contemporary Istanbul (SMAC Gallery), Istanbul Congress Center, Istanbul, Turkey

  • OFF-SPRING: New Generations, 21c  Museum Hotel Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City, USA

  • Pop Stars! Popular Culture and Contemporary Art, 21c Museum Hotel Louisville, Louisville, USA

  • CHART Art Fair, (Galleri SPECTA), Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Le Jour Qui Vient, curated by Marie-Ann Yemsi, Galerie des Galeries at Galeries Lafayette, Paris, France

  • Cape Town Art Fair (SMAC Gallery), Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), Cape Town, South Africa

  • 2016

    The Future is Female, 21c Museum Hotel Louisville, Louisville, USA

  • Herselves, Blueproject Foundation, Barcelona, Spain

  • Summer Show ‘16, SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa

  • Forever, BUBOX, Kortrijk, Belgium

  • Defilages, 100 Titres Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

  • FNB Joburg Art Fair (SMAC Gallery), Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • UPSTART/STARTUP, SMAC Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Cape Town Art Fair (SMAC Gallery), Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), Cape Town, South Africa

  • 2015

    The ‘F’ Word: Feminism in Art, The Untitled Space, New York City, USA

  • LUSH, SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa

  • Princess in the Veld, The Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK), Oudtshoorn, South Africa

  • CHART Art Fair (Galleri SPECTA), Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark

  • ARTISSIMA (SMAC Gallery), The Oval - Lingotto, Turin, Italy

  • Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists, [Travelling Exhibition], curated by Simon Njami, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington DC, USA

  • TWENTY: Contemporary Art from South Africa, [Travelling Exhibition], curated by Gordon Freud Hank Forman, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, South Africa; University of Johannesburg Art Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Money Makes the World Go Round, Galleri SPECTA, Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Nirox Winter Sculpture Fair, Nirox Foundation Sculpture Park, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • 2014

    Art Basel Miami Beach (Goodman Gallery), Miami, USA

  • The Remarkable Lightness of Being, Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels, Belgium

  • Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory and Hell Revisited By Contemporary African Artists, [Travelling Exhibition], curated by Simon Njami, Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art (SCAD), Savannah, USA; Museum für Mordern Kunst (MMK), Frankfurt, Germany

  • TWENTY: Contemporary Art from South Africa, [Travelling Exhibition], curated by Gordon Freud Hank Forman, Turchin Centre for the Visual Arts, Boone, USA

  • FNB Joburg Art Fair (Goodman Gallery), Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Shop Front and Centre, Infecting the City: Public Arts Festival, Cape Town, South Africa

  • States of Mind, Maison Particulière, Brussels, Belgium

  • 2013

    FIAC (Foire Internationale d'Art Contemporain), (Goodman Gallery), Grand Palais, Paris, France

  • FNB Joburg Art Fair (Goodman Gallery), Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • The ARMORY SHOW (Goodman Gallery), Piers 92 and 94, New York City, USA

  • 2012

    Positive Tension, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town, South Africa

  • Fox with Issues, Galleri SPECTA, Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Touched, (Art)Amalgamated, New York City, USA

  • Spring Open Studios, International Studio  Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York City, USA

  • Art Brussels (Aeroplastics Contemporary), Tour  Taxis, Brussels, Belgium

  • Fireflies, Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels, Belgium

  • Advance/…Notice, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • 2011

    Summer Show, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

  • FIAC (Foire Internationale d'Art  Contemporain), (Goodman Gallery), Grand Palais, Paris, France

  • Het Betoverd Bos (The Enchanted Forest), Sint- Maria-Aalter, Aalter, Belgium

  • Not Human, Nor Stone, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

  • EAT ME, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

  • Horizon 2, CultuurCentrum Brugge, Bruges, Belgium

  • El Mapa: Cartografias Criticas, Medellín Museum of Modern Art, Medellin, Colombia

  • Art Dubai (Goodman Gallery), Dubai, UAE

  • The ARMORY SHOW (Goodman Gallery), Piers 92 and 94, New York City, USA

  • Luxury and Degradation, Galerie Tanit, Munich, Germany

  • 2010

    In Other Words, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Lust and Vice. The Seven Deadly Sins from Durer to Nauman, Zentrum Paul Klee; Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland

  • In Context, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Lingering Whispers, The Crypt Gallery, St Pancras Church, London, UK

  • US, [Travelling Exhibition], curated by Simon Njami and Bettina Malcomess, IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

  • Keeping Up Apperances, Art Brussels (Aeroplastics Contemporary), Tour Taxis, Brussels, Belgium

  • FNB Joburg Art Fair (Goodman Gallery), Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • The ARMORY SHOW (Goodman Gallery), Piers 92 and 94, New York City, USA

  • 2009

    That’s All Folks, Bruges Stadhallen, Bruges, Belgium

  • Art Basel Miami Beach (Goodman Gallery), Miami, USA

  • To Die For, Tres Bien Shop, Malmo, Sweden

  • Sphères, (Goodman Gallery), La Moulin, Paris, France

  • Art Brussels (Aeroplastics Contemporary), Tour  Taxis, Brussels, Belgium

  • US, [Travelling Exhibition], curated by Simon Njami  Bettina Malcomess, Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG); Goodman Gallery Project Space, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Beauty and Pleasure in South African Contemporary Art, curated by Senele Wendt, The Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Norway

  • Art Basel (Goodman Gallery), Messe Basel, Basel, Switzerland

  • The ARMORY SHOW (Goodman Gallery), Piers 92 and 94, New York City, USA

  • FNB Joburg Art Fair (Goodman Gallery), Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Art Brussels (Aeroplastics Contemporary), Tour Taxis, Brussels, Belgium

  • 2008

    BB3 Being Here: Mapping the Contemporary, [Travelling Exhibition], curated by Jan-Erik Lundström Johan Sjöström, Bucharest Biennale, Bucharest, Romania; Bildmuseet Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden

  • Deadly Serious, Exprmntl Galerie, Toulouse, France

  • CHART Art Fair (Galleri SPECTA), Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Art Basel (Goodman Gallery),Messeplatz 1, Basel, Switzerland. SWAB Barcelona Art Fair (Galleri SPECTA), Fira de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

  • ZA: Young Art from South Africa, Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena, Italy

  • Art Rotterdam (Aeroplastics Contemporary), Van Nellefabriek, Rotterdam, Netherlands

  • FNB Joburg Art Fair (Goodman Gallery), Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Spier Contemporary, Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG), Johannesburg, South Africa

  • 2007

    About Beauty, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

  • Spier Contemporary, Africa Centre, Stellenbosch, South Africa

  • Art Basel Miami Beach (Goodman Gallery) Miami, USA

  • CHART Art Fair (Galleri SPECTA), Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Rare Essence, Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels, Belgium

  • Making Waves, South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Art Collection Exhibition, Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town, South Africa

  • Lift Off II, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

  • Compulsions, Galleri SPECTA, Copenhagen, Denmark

  • 2006

    Women: Photography and New Media: Imaging the Self and Body Through Portraiture, Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG), Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Art Basel Miami (Goodman Gallery), Miami, USA

  • Farrago, Bernier Eliades Gallery, Athens, Greece

  • Art Basel (Goodman Gallery), Messeplatz 1, Basel, Switzerland

  • Nie meer, Cultuurhuis de Warande, Turnhout, Belgium

  • There and Back: Africa, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain

  • 2005

    Threat Zone, Triangle Project Space, San Antonio, USA.

  • [prologue]new feminism/new europe, Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK.

  • ART out of place, Norwich Castle Museum  Art Gallery, Norwich, UK.

  • Double Check. Re-Framing Space in Photography: The Other Space, Parallel Histories, [Travelling Exhibition], curated by Marina Grzinic Walter Seidl, Camera Austria, Graz, Austria

  • 2004

    Double Check. Re-Framing Space in Photography: The Other Space, Parallel Histories, [Travelling Exhibition], curated by Marina Grzinic Walter Seidl, Gallery of Contemporary Art, Celje, Slovenia

  • Art Basel (Goodman Gallery), Messeplatz 1, Basel, Switzerland

  • Your Heart is No Match for my Love, No Name Exhibitions @ The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, USA

  • Monument@Bornem, curated by Ruth Renders, The Regional Museum De Zilverreiger, Weert, Belgium

  • Show Us What You’re Made Of, The Premises Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • After Hours, In/Out, Higher Institute for Fine Arts (HISK), Antwerpen, Belgium

  • 2003

    Distance of Memory, Nairs House of Culture in Vulpera Tarasp, Scuol, Switzerland

  • Opzij van het Kijken, Watou Art and Literature Festival, Watou, Belgium

  • Something About Love, Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

  • Open Studios, Higher Institute for Fine Arts Kunst (HISK), Antwerp, Belgium

  • 2002

    VIPER Basel, International Festival for Film, Video and New Media, [Travelling Exhibition], Kunsthalle Basel; Stadtkinko; Gare Du Nord, Basel, Switzerland

  • Portrait, Sound Space, De Appel, Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Sensing Sculpture, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton, UK

  • Unprincipled Passions, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, UK

  • 2001

    Fluid, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, UK

  • JUNCTURE, [Travelling Exhibition], The Granary, Cape Town, South Africa

  • Body: Rest and Motion, The Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK), Oudtshoorn, South Africa

  • JUNCTURE, [Travelling Exhibition], Studio Voltaire, London, UK

  • 2000

    Emotions and Relations, Sandton Civic Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Customised Jeans Exhibition, Levi’s Shop Cinch, London, UK

  • EAST International, Norwich School of Art and Design, Norwich, UK

  • Goldsmiths MA Exhibition, Goldsmiths College, University of London, London, UK

Grants/Awards

  • 2015

    Artist in residence, The Fountainhead Studios, Miami, USA

  • 2014

    Artist in residence, Nirox Foundation Sculpture Park, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Cecily Brown Fellowship, Art Omi, New York City, USA

  • 2013

    Artist in residence, Nirox Foundation Sculpture Park, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • 2012

    Artist in residence, International Studio Curatorial Programme (ISCP), New York City, USA

  • 2010

    The Foundation GegenwART Bern, Museum of Fine Arts, Bern, Switzerland

  • 2008

    The Ampersand Foundation Residency, Ampersand Foundation, New York City, USA

  • 2005

    Artist in residence, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France

  • 2002

    Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Scholarship, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • IMMA Residency Programme (Artist’s Work), Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Dublin, Ireland

  • 2001

    Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Scholarship, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • 2000

    Visiting Arts Award for JUNCTURE, Visiting Arts, Edinburgh, UK

Collections

  • Fondazione Fiera Milano, Milan, Italy

  • Missoni Collection, Milan, Italy

  • South African Reserve Bank Art Collection, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), Cape Town, South Africa

  • Matthais  Gervanne Leridon Collection, Cape Town, South Africa

  • Foundation Sindika Dokolo, Luanda, Angola

  • 21c Museum Hotels, Oklahoma, USA

  • National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA

  • Francis J. Greenburger Collection (The FJGC), New York City, USA

  • The Pérez Art museum Miami (PAMM), Miami, USA

Publications

  • Gosslee, J and Zises, H. 50 Contemporary Women Artists: Groundbreaking Contemporary Art from 1960 to Now, Schiffer Publishing, Limited. Pennsylvania, USA, 2018

  • Goodman, F. Beneath Her, Richard Tattinger Gallery, New York City, USA, 2017

  • Goodman, F. Rapaciously Yours, Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York City, USA, 2016

  • Goodman, F. Selected Works 2007-2013, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town, South Africa, 2013

  • Goodman, F. Save Me From What I Want, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2010

  • Goodman, F. Selected Works 2000-2007, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2007

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