Joe Goode

(b. 1937)

LAMA set the word auction record for any work by Joe Goode on May 19, 2013 with Untitled (from Vandalism Series) (1977) realzing $175,000.

Lot 49
Joe Goode
Forest Fire #117
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $4,200
February 25, 2018
Lot 262
Joe Goode
Budapest (from the Ozone Series)
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Price Realized: $22,500
October 22, 2017
Lot 263
Joe Goode
Untitled (from the Black/Nighttime Series)
Estimate: $4,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $5,937
October 22, 2017
Lot 264
Joe Goode
Untitled
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $1,250
October 22, 2017
Lot 9
Joe Goode
Untitled
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $6,250
May 21, 2017
Lot 79
Joe Goode
Untitled (from Tree Series)
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Price Realized: $22,500
March 5, 2017
Lot 80
Joe Goode
Untitled (Slick Watts)
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $1,500
March 5, 2017
Lot 95
Joe Goode
Untitled (from Wash and Tear Series)
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $6,250
October 9, 2016
Lot 97
Joe Goode
Ocean Blue (5)
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Price Realized: $6,562
October 9, 2016
Lot 268
Joe Goode
Fukunishi 16 (from the Oil and Water Series)
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $1,625
February 21, 2016
Lot 269
Joe Goode
L.A. Artists In Their Cars
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $8,125
February 21, 2016
Lot 137
Joe Goode
Glass and Spoon (Tickled Pink)
Estimate: $100,000 - $150,000
Price Realized: $156,250
October 11, 2015
Lot 138
Joe Goode
Koln (No. 62 from Ozone Series)
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $13,750
October 11, 2015
Lot 139
Joe Goode
Sunspot
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $26,250
October 11, 2015
Lot 140
Joe Goode
Milk Bottle Photo 27
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $4,062
October 11, 2015
Lot 15
Joe Goode
Untitled (triptych)
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Price Realized: $2,500
May 17, 2015
Lot 16
Joe Goode
Untitled
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $1,500
May 17, 2015
Lot 17
Joe Goode
Howick (from Waterfall Series)
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $22,500
May 17, 2015
Lot 24
Joe Goode
L.A. Artists In Their Cars
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $8,125
March 1, 2015
Lot 89
Joe Goode
Untitled (State I)
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $2,812
October 12, 2014
Lot 90
Joe Goode
Gunshot Series, No. 1
Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500
Price Realized: $2,375
October 12, 2014
Lot 91
Joe Goode
Forest Fire #30
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $5,000
October 12, 2014
Lot 285
Joe Goode
Untitled
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $10,000
May 18, 2014
Lot 286
Joe Goode
Untitled
Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Price Realized: $1,500
May 18, 2014
Lot 228
Joe Goode
Untitled
Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000
Price Realized: $68,750
February 23, 2014
Lot 230
Joe Goode
Torn Sky (from the Vandalism Series)
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $22,500
February 23, 2014
Lot 271
Joe Goode
Untitled (from Vandalism Series)
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Price Realized: $67,500
October 13, 2013
Lot 231
Joe Goode
Untitled (from Vandalism series)
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Price Realized: $175,000
May 19, 2013
Lot 487
Joe Goode
Untitled
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Price Realized: $3,125
December 11, 2011
Lot 488
Joe Goode
LOB II
Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Price Realized: $750
December 11, 2011
Lot 489
Joe Goode
Tugela (Waterfall #033)
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $1,500
December 11, 2011
Lot 467
Joe Goode
L.A. Artists in their Cars
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $3,981
October 17, 2010
Lot 268
Joe Goode
Untitled
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $1,800
June 7, 2009
Lot 269
Joe Goode
Untitled
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $1,800
June 7, 2009
Lot 328
Joe Goode
Untitled (Blue Cloud Photo series)
Estimate: $500 - $700
Price Realized: $540
February 10, 2008
Lot 329
Joe Goode
L.A. Artists in Their Cars
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $2,400
February 10, 2008
Lot 271
Joe Goode
Slick Watts
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $960
October 14, 2007
Lot 272
Joe Goode
Ocean Blue
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $1,200
October 14, 2007

About The Artist

 

Light and Space and conceptual artist Joe Goode was a valuable contributor in establishing the early development of the Los Angeles art scene in the 1960s and 70s, and he continues to show frequently with museums and galleries around the world. His “Milk Bottle” mixed-media works of the 1960s and “Torn Cloud” series of paintings in the 1970s explored the illusionism of painting, visual perception, color, and the qualities of the two-dimensional surface, subjects that he continues to elucidate upon to this day.

Goode moved to Los Angeles from Oklahoma City in 1959 on the tails of his childhood friend Ed Ruscha, whom he befriended in Catholic school in the second grade. On the West Coast, he quickly joined the clique of artists defining the early Los Angeles art scene. An attendee at Chinouard Art Institute, Goode studied under Light and Space artist Robert Irwin, and took classes with students including Larry Bell and Lynn Foulkes. While not at school, Goode shared a house and studio space with fellow Oklahomans Ruscha and photographer Jerry McMillan.

In 1962, legendary curator Walter Hopps included one of Goode’s “Milk Bottle” paintings in the Pop art exhibition New Painting of Common Objects at the Pasadena Art Museum, now the Norton Simon Museum. These paintings positioned actual milk bottles in front of monochrome canvases. The milk bottles were painted the same color as their respective canvases and seemed to float in space. The arrangement created a visual conundrum, forcing the viewer to consider the picture plane, and both its possibilities and its limitations.

Impacted by the Los Angeles atmosphere, Goode began to explore these same issues in his “Torn Sky” paintings. The physical slashes and tears upon the blue-tinted canvases functioned as visual queries and interruptions, just as the milk bottles previously had. Beginning in the 1980s, Goode created hypnotic canvases reminiscent of the ocean using saturated blues, with the occasional suggestion of pink or green. In the “Ozone” series of the 1990s, hazy, fluorescent sparks of orange were splashed upon placid blue skies, suggesting indeterminate atmospheric effects of global warming, smog, sun, and heat.                            

The J. Paul Getty Museum posited Goode as one of the founders of Light and Space art by including the artist’s 1972 Torn Sky Painting 73 in its 2011-2012 landmark exhibition Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970. His work is represented in major museum collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Smithsonian Institution; the Whitney Museum of American Art; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

 

Joe Goode.” Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980. Getty.edu. The J. Paul Getty Museum. Web. 20 Nov. 2014.
Symonds, Alexandria and Ed Ruscha. “Seven Decades: Joe Goode x Ed Ruscha.” Interview Magazine. Web. 20 Nov. 2014.

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