Valerie Goodman Gallery was established in 2010 on Manhattan’s Upper East Side with the goal of introducing contemporary French artists to American audiences. The gallery has since fostered numerous productive exchanges with architectural designers, art collectors, galleries and cultural institutions, carrying out energetic programming to promote artists’ individual voices and concerns, continuously demonstrating the simple beauty of meaningfully designed living environments.Valerie Goodman grew up in Paris nurtured by a family of artists that instilled in her a passion for painting, sculpture, and design. After graduating from the Sorbonne with a master’s degree in humanities, she moved to New York, where she worked as a music producer and production manager manager for Tom Waits, Jimmy Cliff and John Lurie and The Lounge Lizards.
Throughout the 80’s and 90’s, she produced and promoted the work of various photographers and independent filmmakers which led to her working with Claire Denis, Sam Shaw, and Garret Linn on various projects.
In 2003, Goodman was managing a French decorative art gallery when she re-discovered the works of French designers such as Jean Michel Frank, Pierre Chareau, Jean Royere, and other prominent French interior designers of the 20’s and 30’s, re-establishing her appreciation and connection to French art , culture and her personal history.
In 2010, she followed her passion and opened her eponymous gallery focusing on contemporary artists and designers — unknown in the U.S. — whose work is exceptional. Goodman’s strong aesthetic and keen eye brings together the unique vocabulary of each artist and their universal sensibilities to create a harmonious, enduring perspective for her gallery and her clients’ homes.