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September 15, 2010

Small Paintings, an Exhibition by
Renowned Philadelphia Artist Sidney Goodman,
to Open at La Salle University Art Museum

David Gelston, 1792 by Charles Willson Peale (American, 1741-1827), oil on canvas

Boy Jumping, 1996-97
oil on canvas board

A new exhibition entitled Small Paintings, featuring the work of renowned Philadelphia artist Sidney Goodman, will be on view at the La Salle University Art Museum from September 17 to December 10, 2010. The opening reception will be Friday, September 17, 5 to 7 p.m. An artist’s talk is scheduled for Tuesday, October 12, at 12:30 p.m. The exhibition and related events are free and open to the public.

Widely known for his large-scale canvases and drawings, Sidney Goodman’s Small Paintings exhibition provides a rare opportunity to see 17 of his smaller paintings, which span the years from 1975 to 2010 and range in size from 40.5” x 12” to 8” x 6.”

“This exhibition demonstrates Goodman’s ability to conceive and fully realize compositions in a scaled-down format,” said Carmen Vendelin, interim director and assistant curator of La Salle’s Art Museum. “One of the most striking things about Goodman’s small canvases is their similarity to his larger-format works.”

Often considered one of the most important American figurative painters of the last 50 years and one of the greatest living Philadelphia artists, Goodman has been awarded numerous accolades during his career. Some of his most notable honors include a Whitney Museum of Art Neysa McMein Purchase Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and an honorary degree from the Art Institute of Boston.

In addition to several works owned by La Salle’s Art Museum, Goodman’s works are found in numerous private collections as well as in the most prestigious museums including the Metropolitan Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago. He is currently a professor of painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he has taught since 1979. He was formally trained at the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts).

The La Salle University Art Museum is located on the lower level of Olney Hall on La Salle’s Northwest Philadelphia campus. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, and Sundays by appointment. Admission is free, though donations are accepted.

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About the La Salle University Art Museum: 

The La Salle University Art Museum began in 1965 as a study collection for the University’s art history majors; it opened in its current location, on the lower level of Olney Hall, in 1976.  The collection has grown as a result of acquisitions and donations from friends and collectors. The Museum houses more than 4,000 objects and is currently the only university in the Philadelphia area to own a permanent display of paintings, drawings, and sculptures from the Renaissance to the present.