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Arthur S. Goldberg, MEd ‘65

Arthur S. Goldberg, MEd ’65, a Boston-area businessman, has been an avid art collector for more than thirty years.  

His early collection consisted mostly of artwork of realism.  Goldberg later sharpened his focus to concentrate on paintings created by artists from specific schools—the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Rhode Island School of Design, and the Art Institute of Chicago, among others—and acquiring the works of both teachers and their students.

In fact, Goldberg says he has a “passion for lineages.”  The 2009 Northeastern exhibit Is Everything Black and White? demonstrates this fascination: “I collect artists going back seventy or eighty years, their students … almost to the present day,” says Goldberg.  Yet his interest in generational influences does not preclude attention to the most minute detail in an individual artwork.  He often employs an unconventional approach to get others to appreciate a piece.  “When I am showing my collection, I often hand viewers a magnifying glass and challenge them to find a flaw—it’s the ultimate ‘deconstruction’ of the art—and it does not limit the emotional or narrative comments the artist may be making,” he says.

Goldberg made his initial donation of art to Northeastern in memory of his late cousin, an alumnus.  Beyond family ties, however, he has been motivated by the conviction that art is best served if it can teach.

About this exhibit

This online exhibit is based on Artwork From the Arthur S. Goldberg Collection at Northeastern University: Snell Library 2009, published by Northeastern University Advancement.

Photography: Brian Bresnahan

Design: Steve Olimpio, NU '13