New York

Robert Goodnough

Knoedler & Company

The bunches of angular pastel chips flocking their way through Robert Goodnough’s painting are clearly remnants of some sort. They imply a once-solid surface of color, excised to a few remaining shards. In Goodnough’s earlier work those shards were mostly gray and resembled the flagstones artily laid out en route to the barbecue grill in suburban backyards. At the same time their shapes and lightness and grouping suggested birds rising together. Now the pieces have brightened up a bit and lost a certain amount of kinship with the ground. The further result is an almost Oriental lightness in the effect of the whole painting that edges over into the merely pretty and insubstantial. The canvas remains only thinly washed, although now it is somewhat more modulated than before. The forms are distinctly raised. Smooth top painting piled on rough undercoat makes the chips stand out; the undercoat

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