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Sidney Goodman Works

Sidney Goodman Unknown At This Time, 1962 Oil on canvas 48" x 77 1/2"

"For Sidney Goodman, drawing remains at the heart of his artistic practice. Now as always, his drawings in pastel, charcoal, and watercolor present the artist’s formal and thematic concerns in their full glory. The most recent drawings, some conceived autonomously and others in relation to oil paintings, expand Goodman’s investigation of the human theatre. Confining himself to familiar people and settings — the artist, his wife and children, a small variety of ordinary clothing, furniture and toys — Goodman dramatizes scale, perspective, and framing to confront himself and his viewers with circumstances highly unfamiliar. Within a single drawing, juxtapositions of color and black and white filled space and blank, create tensions and ambiguities that leave few observers complacent. The intensity of Goodman’s vision draws us into a haunting world that refuses interpretation as much as it refuses to forget." Ann Temkin for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, June 1993​

Sidney Goodman - Legs Above Head 2006, Oil on canvas, 83" x 48"
Sidney goodman - The Struggle The Struggle 1995-96, Charcoal and pastel on paper, 58" x 42"
Sidney Goodman - On the Shelf, 1998, Oil on canvas, 58" x 38"
Sidney Goodman - Gray City Scape, 2003 Oil on paper 8" x 11"

Sidney Goodman (January 19, 1936 – April 11, 2013) was an American figurative painter and draftsman from Philadelphia, PA who explored the human form.[1] Goodman received public notice in the early 1960s for his oil paintings, leading to his inclusion in the 1973 Whitney Biennial.[2][3] In 1996, the Philadelphia Museum of Art presented a retrospective show of Goodman's paintings and drawings.

Selected exhibition history

  • 1961 - 1996 Nineteen Solo Shows - Terry Dintenfass Gallery - New York, NY

  • 1962 - Whitney Museum of American Art, Annual Exhibition

  • 1963 - Whitney Museum of American Art, Annual Exhibition

  • 1968 - Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

  • 1969 - Dimock Gallery, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

  • 1970 - Philadelphia College of Art

  • 1975 - Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

  • 1979 - Andrews Gallery, College of William & Mary Williamsburg, VA

  • 1980 - Sidney Goodman: Paintings, Drawings, and Graphics 1959-1979 Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University[14] (Palmer Museum of Art), Columbus Museum of Art, Queens Museum, Delaware Art Museum

  • 1981 - The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR

  • 1981 - Sidney Goodman Recent Work, Institute for Contemporary Art, Richmond, VA, Boston University Art Gallery

  • 1984 - Sidney Goodman Recent Work, Wichita Art Museum

  • 1985 - Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pertaining to Philadelphia, Part V: Sidney Goodman

  • 1987 - Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA - Sidney Goodman: Drawings 1975-1985

  • 1991 - Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia

  • 1991 - Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA

  • 1994 - Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art, New York Realism, Past and Present

  • 1996 - Philadelphia Museum of Art, Retrospective

  • 1999 - Eli Marsh Gallery, Amherst College, Amherst, MA

  • 2000, 2003, 2005 - ACA Gallery, New York

  • 2007 - Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie, Essen, Germany

  • 2007 - Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

  • 2008 - Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University

  • 2009 - Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts - Sidney Goodman: Man in the Mirror[9]

Permanent collections

  • Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR

  • Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

  • Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

  • Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH

  • Hirshhorn Museum (Smithsonian American Art Museu)) Washington, D.C.

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

  • Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

  • National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

  • Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State University, PA

  • Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA

  • Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

  • Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

  • Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Sidney Goodman

Sidney Goodman

1936 - 2013

Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia, PA


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