Mitchell Goldberg

The Real & The Ideal
40″x30″; collage, acrylic, image transfer on panel; 2018

Mitchell Goldberg
Scarsdale, New York, USA


Altered, rewritten and distorted are the way I prefer to express my memories, making memory indistinguishable from fantasy. Primarily using magazines from the 1930s through the 1990s, I layer images of male figures, vintage automobiles and flashes of color to evoke feelings surrounding gay male sexuality, camaraderie, desire and loneliness.

I love the old images from the 50s with groups of young men working on their cars, and I wonder about the close friendships they must have had. As a lifelong old car enthusiast, I love the cars, too. These visions are not my own personal memories, but I like to pretend that they are.

Sources for images include 1950s to 1960s-era car magazines, body building and physique magazines, 1930s Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, and mainstream publications such as Life, Look and National Geographic from the 50s to the 70s. Old photographs found in antique shops, family photos and a 1960 World Book Encyclopedia contributed countless unique images. Adult magazines provided a more provocative and extremely valuable resource. Finally, scraps of my own etchings and drawings lent a personal touch to several pieces. All of the work is handmade.


Collage is a medium that I first experimented with and loved while in college. Following graduation, all of my artwork would have to have to wait over fifteen years for me to reengage. When I did get back to it in my early forties, I explored a wide range of mediums including drawing, printmaking, polyurethane resin, fused glass and, of course, collage.

The integration of concepts from all of these art forms has been highly useful and inspiring to me. I learned to be equally fluent in both abstraction and representation. The transparent layering of color and images has been a feature of my work that I have used with glass, collage, resin and printmaking. With collage, I have also been able to bring in a rich element of popular culture, memory and fantasy that is visually exciting, challenging and satisfying.

I am a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York, 1984. Other studies include Printmaking at The School of Visual Arts in New York City with Bruce Waldman. Glass Fusion at The Hafner Creative Space in Norwalk, Connecticut with Dorothy Hafner. My etchings have been featured in Carrier Pigeon Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 12. I am on the Board of Directors of The New York Society of Etchers. I am also a member of The Salmagundi Club in New York City.

My work can be seen at The Upstream Gallery, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, where I have had numerous solo shows and have also served as gallery director since 2009.


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Escape #1
19″x30″; collage, acrylic, image transfer on double panel; 2019
Escape #2
19″x30″; collage, acrylic, image transfer on double panel; 2019
Donny on Vacation
12″x12″; acrylic, image transfer on panel; 2018
Cloudy Beach Day
12″x12″; acrylic, image transfer on panel; 2018