Sidney Goodman, 77, one of the most acclaimed, influential, and respected artists Philadelphia has produced since the end of World War II, died Thursday, April 11. He suffered for the better part of a year from Parkinson’s disease.
A Philadelphia native, Mr. Goodman graduated from Philadelphia College of Art, now University of the Arts, in 1958. By the early 1960s, his boldly imaginative style of figurative painting had brought him national attention.
When he was 27, Time magazine described him as “one of the most respected and sought-after of the new figure painters.” By 30, he had appeared in an important exhibition of figure painting at the Museum of Modern Art and in two Whitney Museum annuals.
Yet this son of Russian Jewish immigrants was sufficiently levelheaded to realize that such fame might be fleeting.
“I was new on the scene,” he recalled during an interview in the mid-1990s. “Sometimes,
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