Literary Nonfiction. Art. In April of 1950, about two dozen of the artists who came to be known as the Abstract Expressionists met for a series of discussions about their own work as well as the contemporary scene. Nearly 60 years after the actual meetings took place, the transcript of ARTISTS' SESSIONS AT STUDIO 35 (1950) still pulses with the heated discussions around basic artistic issues like titling, process, relationship to history, community, and professionalism. Often referenced, but rarely fleshed out, this series of closed meetings allows readers fly-on-the-wall access to the artists' discussions. The goal of the current reprint is to refresh this document by giving it a new life in a new form.
Hrag Vartanian @ HyperallergicAna Finel Honigman @ BookforumRobert Goodnough obituary in The NewYork Times
Robert Goodnough (1917-2010) was an American painter, sculptor and write associated with the Abstract Expressionists. After returning from service in World War II, Goodnough attended the Ozenfant School of Fine Arts in New York and the Hans Hofmann summer school in Provincetown, Massachusetts. He earned his masters degree from New York University in 1950, after which he began to exhibit his paintings publicly and also to write articles for ARTnews magazine (he edited Artists Sessions at this time). Goodnough showed at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery from 1952 to 1970 (and again from 1984 to 1986). He exhibited his work in hundreds of exhibitions in the United States and abroad, and had solo exhibitions in at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, and the Art Institute of Chicago. In later years, his work was affiliated with the Color Field movement. Author City: Thornwood, NY USA