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Robert Goodnough

Robert Goodnough (10/23/1917-10/02/2010) served in the Army during World War II in the South Pacific.   After returning to the United States from the War, he enrolled in Ozenfant School of Fine Arts under the G.I. Bill. In 1947 Goodnough and a few of his friends spent the summer with Hans Hofmann in Provincetown. He also studied at NYU. His unrelenting passion for art kept him in touch with the art world where he became associated with "The Club" a group of artists who were devoted to the promotion of abstract art in America.   In 1950 his work was selected to be part of a group show entitled "New Artists" at the Sam Koontz Gallery in New York. That same year, he began teaching at NYU, and also became an editorial associate for "Art News" - writing about other artists' work. In 1952 he had his first major show at Tibor de Nagy Gallery. He has taught at Cornell University, New York University and the Fieldstone School in Riverdale, New York. In the 1950s Goodnough experimented with abstracted animal and figurative subjects. When he saw the dinosaurs at the New York Museum of Natural History and began to paint them he insisted that the paintings were not of the dinosaurs themselves, but of their souls. He freely experimented with other styles while attempting to find his own: he began to pull away from the abstract views of Hans Hofmann and move toward his personal ideas of abstract art. He strove for images that described the movement and energy of the real world. In 1972 he was in a one man show at Andre Emmerich Gallery in New York, and was commissioned to make a 100-foot mural for Shawmut Bank in Boston in 1975. His work is included in the collection of the Asheville Art Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Art, Chase Manhattan Bank, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and New York University. (FET)

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