Amy Goldin wins the Frank Jewett Mather Award (1974-1975)

 The College Art Association awarded Goldin the Frank Jewett Mather Award for “Distinction in Art and Architectural Criticism During the Year 1974-1975.” The citation letter states: “Amy Goldin is a rare critic who has dared to venture off the all-too-beaten track in current art writing. She has systematically challenged entrenched establishment and orthodox positions of all sorts –aesthetic, ideological, political — in art. She has examined subjects which other critics have not realized were important …Ms. Goldin has written on these topics in a broad cultural, historical and social context with sensitivity, lucidity and verve.”

“Manny Farber: Reforming Formalism” was her last essay.

She died from cancer, on her own terms, at home, on April 2, 1978.


Coming in January 2012, Hard Press Editions, in association with Hudson Hills, will publish for the first time an edited collection of Amy Goldin’s writings.  Entitled Amy Goldin: Art in A Hairshirt, Art Criticism 1964-1978, and edited by Robert Kushner, this is a thorough sampling of the voice that was Amy Goldin.  Finally, all in one place, this is a stunning real-time reference by one of the most unabashed of voices  that  still resonates. Although written decades ago, Amy Goldin’s  sharpness with words will influence and inform your gaze on art of yesterday…and today.

Amy Goldin Art in a Hairshirt