Since Liza Essers became owner and director in 2008, the gallery roster has grown by more than 30 international artists, with a focus on women from the African Diaspora and beyond.
It’s an international contemporary art gallery with locations in Johannesburg, Cape Town and London, and it has a global programme working with prominent and emerging international artists whose work engages in a dialogue with African and post-colonial contexts.
Critical to this initiative has been the introduction of two ongoing curatorial initiatives: In Context, which explores tensions of place and belonging; and South-South, which considers connections between artists from the global south. Goodman Gallery’s expansion to London furthers this mission to confront dominant historical narratives and to contribute to contemporary art discourse and social repair.
Goodman Gallery also has an online viewing room portal. Once every two weeks it presents a new bespoke exhibition curated for online viewing, replete with audio and video clips from artists and curators. This online channel is intended to be a new way of experiencing art.
Since 2003, Goodman Gallery has raised R25 million for charities.