Awkward x 2 was formed in 2010 by Rebecca Norton and Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe out of the desire to make works in which a painting isnt finished until neither artist is sure who did what.
My mental snapshots of Michael Goldberg start circa 1968 on an Easthampton bay beach. Its windy, early spring. Our party of daytime drinkers is crouched on the dunes, smoking Gauloises and pot. The one at the shore line pouring the Bloody Marys tells me Goldbergs backstory: Back in the '50s, when he made his precocious reputation, he signed his paintings Michael Stuart.
At some time in the 80s I gave a lecture about American painting between the world wars at a space the Whitney Museum had on Wall Street, where they put on shows and had people come and give talks at lunchtime.