Guy Goodwin: Recent Works

Guy Goodwin
Recent Works
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March 4 - April 8, 2012

Brennan & Griffin is excited to present: Guy Goodwin: Recent Works.

Guy Goodwin began painting in New York in 1965.  He was involved with a group of courageous, experimental downtown New York painters, who defiantly pushed and extended the boundaries of painting which was declared dead at the time.  Goodwin and many of his colleagues were celebrated in the exhibition: High Times, Hard Times: Painting in New York from 1967 - 1975, curated by Katy Siegel with David Reed advising. This exhibition highlighted artists who were examining painting in optimistic and radical terms, creating process based works that aimed to broaden and expand the philosophical and material limitations of the day.

Goodwin's recent work demonstrates his continued interest in the possibilities of painting in terms of an object-like, material experience and as a socio-political endeavor. Maintaining the inherent connection to everyday life experiences, Goodwin transforms the workaday material, cardboard, with a dense layering of overlapping painted shapes.  Inverting the idea of a canvas by painting on the inside of a cardboard box, Goodwin's colors and shapes build and interact within the box form.  Goodwin uses many colors associative of the revolutionary atmosphere in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s.  For example, in Tania's Day, the orange and black palette is reminiscent of the Symbionese Liberation Army symbol.  The textural quality of worn upholstery enfolds the viewer and recalls the interior spaces of factories and diners - physical environments where social networking would occur and communal and political ideals were shared and born.

This will be Goodwin's first exhibition at Brennan & Griffin.

Past Solo Exhibitions include Guy Goodwin: Paintings 1974, 2008, Kathryn Brennan Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Jeanie Freilich Fine Art, New York, NY, Thorden/Wetterling Galleries, Stockholm, Sweden, Segal/Steinberg Gallery, Montreal, Canada, Heland/Wetterling Gallery, Goteberg, Sweden.  Group Exhibitions include: High Times, Hard Times: New York Painting 1967 - 1975, curated by Katy Siegel, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC (Aug - Oct 2006), National Academy Museum, New York, NY (Feb - Apr 2007), American University Museum, Washington, DC (Nov 2006 - Jan 2007), Drawing with Respect to Painting: Guy Goodwin, Brice Marden, Elizabeth Murray, The New York Studio School, New York, NY.  Public Collections include: The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY, Centro Cultural Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI, Lannan Foundation, Los Angeles, CA and The Museum of American Art, Philadelphia, PA.