Goldstein’s piece was a knockout (she still has it, albeit in storage) and curator Debra Brehmer had this to say in the exhibit’s brochure: “Goldstein recalled the countless hours of pleasure she had as a child, reading bits and pieces of the mysterious letters the family had found in an old desk.
Dating from the 1800s, the 50-some letters are a correspondence between a man and a woman, covering all topics from the personal and romantic to business dealings and conflicts…making a work of art about these letters, Goldstein had no interest in maintaining the actual narrative or language…instead invoked, through a highly abstracted and formal purity, the age, beauty and mystery of this correspondence.” Goldstein has become a successful artist who lives and works in the Third Ward, where she has a studio, and her family roots are reflected, rather powerfully, in the work she does.
It’s “home economics” in a new form, though it’s not so different from the handiwork of those who produced decorative collars and cuffs for Grotta & Company, way back when.
Driscolls Antiques Ltd Beautiful Inlaid Victorian Mahogany Antique Kidney Shaped Writing Desk Dating From Around 1890, This Beautiful Inlaid Victorian Mahogany Antique Writing Desk has a stunning kidney shaped moulded top with walnut cross banded edge, boxwood and ebony string inlay and the original tooled leather writing insert.
This sits above a shaped central drawer over knee hole flanked by two shaped mahogany lined drawers all with the original brass handles and beautifully cross banded and inlaid.
The first-born child (in 1956) of Diana and Leonard Goldstein, Laura lived in New Jersey until the Goldstein clan moved to the Milwaukee suburb Fox Point.
Laura’s paternal grandparents, Sara and Arthur Goldstein, entered our shores via Ellis Island when they were but tender thirteen-year-old Russian kids.