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Robert Goodnough

Tibor de Nagy Gallery

In a series of large mural-sized canvases painted over the past two years Robert Goodnough has been synthesizing two alternate tendencies which have made themselves felt throughout his development. In his show at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery, this combination is especially manifest, taking form in a new kind of openness and clarity which mark these paintings as among Goodnough’s major achievements in an otherwise uneven career. One has always noted this artist’s vacillation between an impulse to structure, perhaps too rigidly (derived from the Purist disciplines he experienced while studying with Ozenfant), and an almost repressed desire to give free vent to his more exuberant, expressionist leanings, encouraged by later study with Hans Hofmann. Allusions to figuration, always a problem for Goodnough, and which were explicit in a series of Boat Abstractions painted in 1965–66, have now been

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