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Robert Goodnough

Emmerich Gallery Uptown

While the reduction in the work of many painters has been toward simpler and tougher premises, Robert Goodnough has reduced his work in the past few years to purer poetry—the flutter of light across the surface of the canvas. The small masked pieces are very susceptible to metaphorical analogies. He has used mostly shades of gray, introducing pastel colors into some pieces, although the primary sense of color is generated by the unsized brown weave of the canvas which functions as a middle ground for the highlights and shadows of the paint.

In both last year’s show and the present one, it seems that the most successful paintings are those in which the scattering of pieces manages to set the entire surface into motion. The grace of the work depends upon the proper size and distance of fragments from each other, allowing the right amount of canvas to show through. It depends also on the

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