Joe Goode was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in 1937. In 1959, he moved to Los Angeles, California, where he attended the Chouinard Art Institute until 1961. Goode is considered a seminal figure in the development of the Los Angeles art scene in the early 1960s and his work was included in the 1962 groundbreaking exhibit New Painting of Common Objects alongside Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Jim Dine at the Pasadena Art Museum. This exhibition, curated by Walter Hopps, was the first Pop Art museum exhibition in the United States and earned Goode critical acclaim while securing his place in art history.
Goode is associated with Light and Space, a West Coast movement dedicated to exploring the experience of seeing that emerged in the early 1960s. He has consistently questioned the nature of experience through the continuous refinement of this basic, conceptual theme in more than five decades of producing innovative paintings, sculptures, works on paper, prints and photographs. Training his eye onto specific subjects found in the home or in nature, Goode’s works question the authenticity of experience through the interplay of abstraction and representation. They are brought to life through his use of color and continual shift of perception, moving between the margins of the literal and the abstract. Much of Goode’s work has focused on natural phenomena such as cloud formations that further his perceptual inquiry and evoke questions regarding the environment and our relationship to it.
Joe Goode’s work has been widely recognized in the United States and Europe and was the subject of numerous museum exhibitions. His work is included in major institutional 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, the Museum of Modern Art New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum London and the Moderna Museet Stockholm. The artist lives and works in Los Angeles, California.