Sidney Goodman is considered one of the preeminent American Realist painters in America today. His work is in numerous private and corporate collections as well as in most major public museums including The Metropolitan Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art and The Brooklyn Museum in New York ; The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois; The Philadelphia Museum, Pennsylvania and The Butler Institute in Ohio among others.
Goodman was recently elected to the National Academy of Design. He is the recipient of numerous awards and appointments including a NEA Fellowship ; Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art Visual Arts Award ; Guggenheim Fellowship ; the Ford Foundation Purchase Award ; Yale-Norfolk Fellowship and the Lamar Dodd Professorial Chair in 1991 at the University of Georgia.
The artist's retrospective exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1996 received rave reviews by critics and viewers. A fully illustrated catalogue is available.
Mark Rosenthal, former Curator of 20th Century Art at the National Gallery of Art in Washington wrote, "What distinguishes Sidney Goodman from the other major figurative artists of his generation is his ongoing embrace of metaphor and the metaphysical. Sidney is an amazing example of an artist who has been working away in a traditional mode yet dealing with very contemporary and troubling subject matter."
Sidney Goodman was born in Philadelphia and taught at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He died on April 11, 2013.