A member of the New York School and a second-generation Abstract Expressionist, Robert Arthur Goodnough’s style evolved from Synthetic Cubist-inspired abstractions to Color Field constructions over a half-century career. Exhibiting primarily at New York’s Tibor de Nagy and André Emmerich galleries, his public commissions include a 32' x 9' painting, Form in Motion, for the Manufacturers Hanover Trust Office on Fifth Avenue, NY, and a 200' mural in Cor-Ten steel for the Shawmut Bank of Boston, MA. In 1964 Goodnough was selected by Time Magazine as one of the "100 most important artists in the United States. Goodnough mounted numerous solo exhibitions including, in 1969, at the Whitney Museum of Art, and has been included in hundreds of group exhibitions nationally and abroad.
Painted at the height of Goodnough’s career, Grecian Landscape is a tightly composed, collage-like, composition filled with faceted calligraphic shapes of primary colors which thrust upwards, right to left and bottom to top. Though he followed the tenets of Abstract Expressionism, Goodnough often included recognizable elements to his abstractions. If we see the suggesting a rush of figures or a mountain range, movement is key to this painting.
Christie’s New York, 22 February 1996
Private collection Montclair NJ, 1996 to present