Anthony Goicolea









Anthony Goicolea (b. 1971) lives and works in Brooklyn, USA 

In a series of photographs shot between 1999 and 2002, Goicolea stages scenes depicting groups of pre-pubescent boys; the images often complex self-portrait montages of the artist himself, enacting situations which call social norms and traditions into question. Creating tableaux of revelry and misbehavior could be seen as an extension of some of his earlier drawings in which forests (typically associated in fairytales with lawlessness, the forbidden and the amoral) provide the setting for miscreant acts of ghoulishness, desecration and perversion, carried out by children. These photographs seem to be a performance of the ideas and adventures charted by his illustrated children of the forest. Manipulating his face, stance, poise and gesture, he encourages the viewer into believing that what they see is a pack, room or woodland copse crowded with individuals. His studied portraits of formlessness, vanity or arrogance conjure the dismissive pose of adolescence in a convincingly diverse array of figures. Furthermore, their relationship with the camera allows us to feel we have interrupted a scenario in full gaiety. He captures something of the deranged in his teenage boys, signified in their slack mouths and gaping eyes so representative of the liminal stage between extroverted childhood and self-aware adulthood. Some photos, such as 'Morning After', give the sense that these boys are used to regarding themselves in the mirror where others, such as 'Warriors' and 'Pile' have a feral identity, lacking in vanity and conceit. We see the difference between those distracted by their activity and those compelled by the presence of a viewer, or the camera.

Following the production of his self-portrait work, Goicolea began working on a group of staged landscapes, which led to the 'Sheltered' series. No longer using himself as a subject, Goicolea digitally constructed photographs that depict fairytale-like, timeless landscapes, which seem to swallow or dwarf the characters that inhabit them. The figures act out a secondary supporting role to their environment and are often masked, hooded, or seen from the back in order to preserve their identity. Operating as a single unit, they live in situations that simultaneously reference backyard play dates and hippie communes, as well as detainment camps and disaster relief areas. Their living arrangements and concealed identities cement their status as outcasts or refugees from society. They inhabit tree houses, lean-tos, caves, cardboard forts and dilapidated barns. The playfulness of these makeshift habitats, according to Goicolea, 'undermines the sort of desperate haphazard construction and deeper desire to migrate or live on the outside of communities.' As in other series, the sense of foreboding is present, and mimicked in a suite of complex figurative drawings on Mylar. Androgynous figures of indeterminate age float on top of and through each other in a layered composition separated by planes of semi-opaque vellum paper, so as to appear as ghost-like, transitional spectres. Goicolea's glut of repetitious motifs, most especially centred in and around ideas of the foraging of youth, demonstrates a fascination with ambiguity and the unknown.

'Almost Safe' (2007) marks another departure in the artist's work. No longer concerned with issues of adolescence, Goicolea focuses his lens on a largely urbanised, industrial world. In these large-scale black and white photographs, the artist digitally composites elements culled from different locations and combines them into new topographies. Seemingly familiar elements such as telephone wires, power lines, and factories are juxtaposed in a way that torques reality and compresses space and time, creating subtly off-kilter and barely inhabitable worlds. Goicolea elegantly portrays a future that simultaneously bears the repercussions of a capitalist present and the residue of a cold war and industrial past. The dense woodland environments of his earlier works are replaced with desolate urban and industrial wastelands that, like its few inhabitants, appear to be atrophying. Goicolea de-emphasizes the human figure in favour of the landscape, alluding to an alienation or disconnection of humanity from its surroundings.


'Related' is the latest in an ongoing series in which he uses drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and installation to explore his family history and identity as well as larger themes of ritual, assimilation and alienation. Like many first generation immigrants, Goicolea experiences a sense of cultural dislocation and is aware of the disjunction between a supposed mythical homeland and his estrangement from it. Confronting this is a series of portraits based on old photographs of family who have lived or remained in Cuba. Drawing these portraits in negative onto layered Mylar and glass, Goicolea reinterprets his family likeness in the form of re-imagined daguerreotypes. He then inverts these homemade negatives to create a positive photographic mirror image of the drawings. Further removing the portraits from their original source, he then mounts the photographs in rural areas of the South where he was raised and in New York where he now lives. Nailed to trees, telephone poles, and the sides of buildings the photos take on the appearance of missing persons notices, 'Wanted' ads, or propaganda posters while referencing and memorializing past relatives. The portraits are then re-photographed in their newly contextualized environments, creating a third generation reproduction that furthers the notion of regeneration and self-referential representation while emphasizing their estrangement from the original source.

While his earlier work exuded a playful narcissism, this new body of work is marked by an earnest, almost wistful search for roots or connections to his past, reflected in the photographs' symbolic settings. Here, as in his multiple self-portraits, Goicolea is exploring his identity; only this time he approaches it from an acute awareness of the cultural ingredients and familial history that make up an individual's uniqueness. For many years he has been known internationally for his powerful and sinister staged photographic and video works as well as his complex layered drawings on Mylar.

Goicolea's work is held in public collections such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art and the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York. He has exhibited widely in Europe and Asia, notably at the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain.

Lives and works in New York

1994 - 1996
Sculpture and Photography, Pratt Institute of Art, M. F. A

1992 - 1994
Drawing and Painting, University of Georgia, B. F. A.

1989 - 1992
Art History and Romance Languages, University of Georgia, B. A.

La Universidad de Madrid

The Cintas Fellowship 

The BMW Photo Paris Award 

The Bronx Museum, 'Artist In The Market Place' program 

The Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant

HERE and ELSEWHERE: Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Middle Ending: Galerie Crone, Berlin, Germany
NSEW: Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
WIDOW'S SPEAK: Luis Adelantado, DF, MExico

PERMANENT MARKER: Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, Netherlands
WANDERING WILD: La Galeria Particulier, Paris, France

DOMESTICATED: Galeria Senda, Barcelona, Spain

Pathetic Fallacy: An Exhibition of New Drawing and Photographs by Anthony Goicolea, Postmasters Gallery, New York City, NY
A Decade of Work by Anthony Goicolea;
NC Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC, USA
Telfair Museum, Savannah, GA, USA
21c Museum, Louisville, KY 

HOME; Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL
DECEMBERMAY; Galerie SCheibler Mitte, Berlin
RELATED; Houston Center for Photography, TX

Anthony Goicolea, MCA, Denver Museum of Contemporary Art
THE LAST MAN STANDING; a retrospective of photography and video works
Fireplace Project, East Hampton, NY
ONCE REMOVED; Postmasters Gallery, NY

RELATED I; Aurel Scheibler, Berlin, Germany
RELATED II; Haunch of Venison, London, UK
RELATED III; Sandroni Ray, Los Angeles, CA, USA
ALMOST SAFE: Monte Clark Gallery, Toronto
ALMOST SAFE; Photographs, Drawings, and Video, Postmasters, NY
THE SEPTEMBERISTS: Photographs by Anthony Goicolea; Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea
THE SEPTEMBERISTS: New Drawing, Photographs, and Video by Anthony Goicolea, Monte Clark Gallery, Toronto
Anthony Goicolea, Photographs, Aurel Scheibler, Berlin, Germany
THE SEPTEMBERISTS, Aurel Scheibler, Berlin, Germany
DRAWINGS: Sandroni Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Anthony Goicolea, Photographs, Drawing and Video: The Arizona State University Museum of Art, Tempe, AZ, USA
SHELTERED LIFE, New Drawings, Photographs and Video Instillation, Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY
OUTSIDERS, Photographs and Video, Cheekwood Musuem of Art: the Contemporary Temporary Series, Nashville, TN, USA
ESTACIONES, Galeria Luis Adelantado, Valencia, Spain
Anthony Goicolia, Galeria Adelantado Miami, Miami, FL, USA

SHELTERED, New Drawings, Photographs and Video Installation, Galerie Aurel Scheibler, Cologne, Germany
RECENT WORKS, New Photographs, Angstrom Gallery, Dallas, TX, USA
KIDNAP; New Drawings, Photographs and Video Installation, Sandroni-Rey Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
KIDNAP; New Drawings, Photographs and Video Installation, Torch Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
TEA PARTY, New Video Installation, Madison Avenue Calvin Klein Space, New York, NY
Anthony Goicolea, New Videos, Spazio-(H), Milan, Italy
Boys Will Be Boys, The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI, USA
Galerie Aurel Scheibler, Cologne, Germany
Sandroni-Rey Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Galerie Aurel Scheibler, Cologne, Germany
Photos & Films, The GREEN BARN, Sagaponack, NY, USA
Gow Langsford, Sydney, Australia
Gow Langsford, Auckland, Australia
Cotthem Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
Cotthem Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Videos, Gallery 845/LAAA, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Casa De America, Madrid, Spain
Contemporary Center of Photography, Melbourne, Australia
The Sargeant Gallery, Wanganui, New Zealand

Land, RARE Gallery, New York, NY
Water, Sandroni Rey, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ, USA
Art Space, Auckland, New Zealand
Galerie Aurel Scheibler, Cologne, Germany
The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL, USA
Torch Gallery, Amsterdan, Netherlands

DETENTION; RARE Gallery, New York, NY
Angstrom Gallery, Dallas, TX, USA
The Corcoran College of Art and Design, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
MCMAGMA, Milan, Italy

SOLO, Vedanta, Chicago, IL, USA
Fabien Fryns, Marbella, Spain
Luis Adelantado, Valencia, Spain


I AM: Always New: KCAD, Grand Rapids, MI

A BOOK BETWEEN TWO STOOLS: Boghossian Foundation, Brussels, Belgium
CUBAN AMERICA: AN EMPIRE STATE OF MIND: Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, New York, USA
VANITAS: Works from the Collecgtion of Stephane Janssen, Arizona State University Museum of Art
HYBRIDITY: 21C Museum, Bentonville, AK

'The Adventures of truth" curated by Bernard-Henri Levy Foundation Maeght, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France

3am: WONDER AND PARANOIA: Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, UK

Performing for the Camera, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ, USA
HIDE/SEEK, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Cuba Now, 21c Museum, Louisville, KY, USA
Dead_lines; Death in Art-Media-Everday Life, von der Heydt Kunsthalle, Wuppertal, Germany
30: A Brooklyn Salon; Celebrating Thirty Years of Contemporary Art, BRIC Rotunda Gallery, NY
Colorific: We Make an Art Rainbow, Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY
Late Summer Blues, Storefront Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

HAUNTED, Guggenheim Museum of Art, New York, NY
IKON Gallery, Birmingham, England
TOOL, Fotofestival Cultuurcentrum Scharpoord, Knokke-Heist, Belgium
OPEN SEASON, Flanders Gallery
Transparency and Trans-formations, US Embassy, Stockholm, Sweden
Superfices del Desso, Museo Universadrio Arte Contemporaneo, Unviversidad Nacional Autónoma de México
HIDE/SEEK, Different and Desire in American Portraiture, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC, USA

Group Show, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver, BC
MASCULINE: Interpretations of Manhood, Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY
MI VIDA, From Heaven to Hell, Mucsamok, Budapest
MYTOLOGIES; Haunch to Venison, London, UK
Generation, Art Gallery Alberta, Alberta, Canada

Oh L'AMOUR, Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tuscon, AZ, USA
BOYS OF SUMMER, The Fireplace Project, East Hampton, NY, USA
DARGER-ISM, Contemporary Artists and Henry Darger, American Fold Art Museum, New York, NY
BADLANDS, New Horizons in Landscape, Mass Moca, MA, USA
GEN-X, Post Boomers and the New South, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL, USA
AMERIKA, Back to the Future, Postmasters, NY, USA
PEOPLE AND PLACES, Selections from the Allen Thomas Jr Photography Collection, SECCA, Winston-Salem, NC, USA
RETHINKING LANDSCAPE, Contemporary Photography from the Allen Thomas Jr Collection, Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA, USA

New Directions in American Drawing, Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA, USA
Kunst Film Biennale, vertreten durch SK Stiftung Kultur, Koln, Germany
New Directions, Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA, USA
ICH WAR'S NICHT, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Germany
OMNIOUS ATMOSPHERE, Heather Marx Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
PLANO INTIMO, Cicio de Videoarte, Sala Parpallo, Valencia, Spain
SHELTER, Museum De Fundatie Zwolle, Heino, NL
Contemporary Cool and Collected, Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC, USA
OPENING SHOW, Max. Durchfahrts-hohe, Berlin, Germany
STALKING SUBURBIA, Westport Arts Center, Westport, CT, USA
EXISTENCIAS, Museo De Arte Contemporeaneo De Castilla Y Leon, Spain
Mat Collishaw & Anthony Goicolea, Haunch of Venison, Zurich, Switzerland
GLOBAL ANXIETIES, The College of Wooster Art Museum, Wooster, OH, USA
ROLE EXCHANGE, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY
BEHIND INNOCENCE, Gallery Hyuandai, Seoul, Korea
International Video Art Exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

Sensacions en Primeira Persoa, CGAC, Spain
CONNIVENCES: Collection of Stephane Janssen, Musee Dixelles, Brussel and Arizona ASU Museum
MODERN PHOTOGRAPHS, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL, USA
LOOPED, engages in time, CAS Gallery, University of Miami, Miami, FL, USA
KRIEG DER KNOPFE, Ursula Blickle Stiflung, Kraichtal-Unterowisheim, Germany
DIE JUDGEND VON HEUTE, Schim Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
MIDDLE GROUND: Photographs from the Whitney Museum of American Art, Columbia University, New York, NY
CINTAS EXHIBITION, Finalists, The Buena Vista Building, Miami, FL, USA
THE HUNGRY EYE, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY
ARCADIA, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY
MAKING A SCENE, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Isreal
EMOTIONAL LANDSCAPE, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

IN FOCUS, Contemporary Photography from the Allen G. Thomas Jr Collection, The North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
WESTERN BIENNALE, The John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA, USA
DESVELAR LO INVISIBLE, Videocreacion contemporanea, El Consejeia de Cultura y Deportes, Comunidad de Madrid, Spain. 
MIXED UP CHILDHOOD, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
MY SO CALLED LIFE, Monte Clark Gallery, Toronto, Canada
OBSERVITORI 2005, Museo de las Artes, Valencia, Spain
NARRATIVES OF THE PRESUMED INVISIBLE, Kunsthalle Lophem, Lophem, Belgium
Representing Representation VII: Amot Art Museum, Elmira, NY

Tombe La Neige, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris
Only Skin Deep, Changing Visions of the American Self, International Center of Photography, New York, NY
Fripon Fripon et Demi, Pour une école Buissonnière, Collection Lambert, Avignon, France    
True Fictions, Lebende Bilder in der Fotokunst der Postmoderne, Stadtmuseum Hofheim/Taunus, Germany 
The Amazing and the Immutable, University of South Florida, Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL                                                           Nocturnal Emissions, Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands
Out of Place, Part II, Indianapolis Museum of Contemprary Art, Indianapolis, IN, USA
Is One Thing Better Than Another, Aurel Scheibler, Cologne, Germany
KunstFilm Biennale, Cologne, Germany 
Tea Party, Video Installation, Madison Avenue, Calvin Klein Space, New York, NY   
Boys Will Be Boys, The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI, USA
ME, MYSELF, & I: Photographs, University Galleríwa, Florida Atlantic Univeristy, Boca Raton, FL, USA
DITTO: Multiples From the Collection, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL, USA
EXCESS: Food as Metaphor and other Strategies of Consumption, Fine Arts Center Galleries University Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, USA
PRETTY WORLD, Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels, Belgium
SWIMMING POOL, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY
Drawings on Paper, Lucas Schoreman Gallery, New York, NY
DREAM WEAVER, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY
The Drawing Show, The GREEN BARN, Sagaponack, NY
New Location, Sandroni-Rey Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Royal Hibemian Academy, Gallagher Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
OPEN HOUSE: Working in Brooklyn, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY, USA
LIJF, Reizende tentoonstelling over het lichaam, RAZA, Flanders, Belgium
SCHOOLIN', AOV Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA

Mursollaici, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris
Interplay, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico
Child in Time, Gemeente Museum, Helmond, Netherlands
Naked Before God, The Museum of New Art, Parnu, Estonia
Reality vs. Fiction, Jamaica Center for the Arts, Queens, NY
Regarde, il neige (schizogéographie de la vie quotidienne), Centre national d'art et du paysage de Vassiviere, France 
Mama's Boy, White Columns, New York, NY
Tombe La Neige, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris 
Pictures from Within, American Photographs, 1958-2003, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York,NY
Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Momus, Atlanta, GA, USA
Art Unlimited, Basel, Switzerland
WHISPER, Galerie Aurel Scheibler, Cologne, Germany
Anthony Goicolea and Patricia Piciinini, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
WINDSTILL, Cotthem Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
COMIC RELEASE, Negotiating Identity for a New Generation, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Constructed Realities, Las Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas, NV, USA
Group Exhibition, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
HOW HUMAN: Life in the Post-Genome Era, International Center of Photography, New York, NY

Neue Fotographien und Zeichnungen, Aurel Scheibler, Köln, Germany
Situated Realities, Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD. USA
Situated Realities, Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, USA
Situated Realities, MCAD Galleries, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN, USA 
Guide to Trust No. 2, Yerba Buena Center for Arts, San Francisco and other locations 
Constructed Realities, Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO, USA
Interplay, Miami Design District, Miami, FL, USA
Home Movies, SF Cameraworks, San Francisco, CA, USA
Hash Browns Potatoes, Smack Mellon Studios, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Enough About Me, Momenta, Brooklyn,NY, USA
The Dubrow Biennial, Kagan Martos, New York, NY
Art Downtown: New Photography, WallStreet Rising, New York, NY

Collector's Choice, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY, USA
FOR SKIN, Henrique Faria Fine Arts, New York, NY
New New York, Texas Fine Arts Association, Austin, TX, USA
EXIT ART, New York, NY
Untitled (Conjecture), Angstrom Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
Summer Show 2000, Angstrom Gallery, Dallas, TX, USA
Flesh of the Boy Flesh of the Girl, P.S. 122, New York, NY 
Sidelong Glance, IM n IL, New York, NY
Good Business Is the Best Art, The Bronx Museum, New York, NY
Manly, Art in General, New York, NY
Posers, White Columns, New York, NY
Hard, TATE, New York, NY
Vedanta, Chicago, IL, USA
Galeria Luis Adelantato, Valencia, Spain

TATE, Open, New York, NY
Gender (Con)sumption Assumption of Gender, Stony Brook Union Art Gallery, New York, NY
Artist in the Marketplace: Eighteenth Annual Exhibition, The Bronx Museum of Art, NY
CBGB's Gallery, New York, NY

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC

The Indianapolis Museum, Indianapolis, IN

The North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh Durham, NC
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York 
The Museum of Modern Art, New York 
The Guggenheim Museum of Art, New York 
The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
The Museum of Helmond, Nederland
The Groninger Museum, Groninger, Nederland 
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago 
Yale University Art Collection, Photography, New Haven, CT
El Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla, Leon, España
The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Centro Galego De Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela, España 

University of Georgia Library, Rare Books Collection, Athens, GA