- Sidney Goodman
- Girl Twice
- signed and dated 69 70
- oil on canvas
- 63 1/2 by 78 3/4 in.
- 161.3 by 200 cm.
New York, Terry Dintenfass Gallery
Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Sidney Goodman, February 2-March 31, 1996, exhibition catalogue, plate 6, illustrated in color
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Sidney Goodman is one of the courageous corps of academically-trained realist painters who, emerging in the early 1960s, stuck to their principles while the art world ignored them in favor of avant-garde 'isms'; until the wind shifted back in their direction and the vigorous merit of their work could no longer be discounted. Possessing a passion for big ideas, his paintings are tough, awesome and triumphant.
Whatever interpretation one comes to, this work must be 'read' to be appreciated. Regarding its two-part composition via pictorial conventions like strip cartoons and stop-action photography, one interprets it as a narrative sequence: the 'action' in the left panel is followed by the 'action' on the right. The light and shadows shift; time, thus indicated, drives the narrative. The different head positions and postures suggest a girl emerging from childhood to puberty, if not quite womanhood. She stands in a bathtub emptying of water; is it perhaps a reference to Venus emerging from the sea?