biography of Robert Arthur GOODNOUGH (1917-2010)

Birth place: Cortland, NY

Addresses: NYC

Profession: Painter, collagist, sculptor

Studied: Syracuse Univ. (Hiram Gell fellowship, 1940, B.F.A.); New York Univ. (M.A.); New School Social Res.; Ozenfant School Art; Hans Hofman School FA

Exhibited: Corcoran Gal. biennial, 1961, 1963; AIC, 1961 (Ada Garrett Award); PAFA, 1964, 1966; Univ. Minnesota, 1964 (solo); Univ. Notre Dame, 1964 (solo); Arts Club Chicago, 1964 (solo); NIAL, 1964; "New American Painting and Sculpture," MoMA, 1969; Wichita State Univ., 1973 (solo); WMAA. Awards: Ford Foundation Purchase Prize, 1963.

Work: Guggenheim Mus.; MoMA; MMA; AIC; BMA; BMFA; RISD; Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CTn; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Birmingham (AL) Mus. Art; Newark Mus.: Houston Mus.

Comments: During the 1950s he produced works that combined cubist and abstract expressionist elements. He began making collages in 1953, and in 1954 started sculpting constructions of human figures, birds and dinosaurs. From the 1970s onward, he created large canvases with groups of geometric shapes against vast expanses of color and light. Positions: art critic, Art News, 1950-57; secretary, Documents of Modern Art, 1951. Teaching: painting instructor , Cornell Univ., New York Univ. & Fieldston School, New York.

Sources: WW73; Martin H. Bush and Kenworth Moffett Goodenough (exh. cat., Wichita State Univ., 1973); 300 Years of American Art, 960; Baigell, Dictionary; Falk, Exh. Record Series.