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Linda Givon, Founder of the Goodman Gallery, Has Died at Age 84

Posted on 6 October 2020

Linda Goodman Givon, the founder of the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg, died on Monday 5 October 2020, according to Liza Essers, the director of the gallery.

Born in 1936, Givon worked at London's Grosvenor Gallery before establishing the Goodman Gallery in 1966. Throughout her career, Givon was widely regarded as an influential and prominent dealer in the South African art scene and worked with artists including David Goldblatt, Zwelethu Mthethwa, William Kentridge, Sydney Kumalo, Tracey Rose, and Moshekwa Langa. In a interview with the New York Times in 2003, Givon said that "there was a gap to be filled, to promote art that wasn't desperately decorative or desperately colonial."

"Linda was a true force of nature, pioneer and patron of the arts. She afforded me an amazing opportunity to take the helm of her gallery and it is my sincere hope to continue to build upon her legacy," Liza Essers, Goodman Gallery Owner and Director added. "The South African and African contemporary art world is hugely indebted to Linda for her vision and unwavering stewardship. She will be sorely missed".

"Linda was a renaissance woman and played a huge role in my life, opening doors and opportunities for me which otherwise I would have perhaps not have seen," said Neil Dundas, Goodman Gallery Senior Curator. "Her role in making space for the talents of many great artists in South Africa earned her the deserved status and reputation of a living legend in her lifetime".

She is survuved by her brother Michael, daughter Lee, and son Robert.


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