Robert Goodnough, Adventure (Comic), 1963–64, synthetic polymer paint, oil, and charcoal on canvas, 76.61.
In the context of postwar art, size very much matters. BIG Deal will highlight monumental canvases from the permanent collection, many of which have not been on view in recent years, in an attempt to unpack preoccupations with size in post-1945 art. What compelled these artists to work at such a large scale? What does sheer size argue about the paintings in question? Artists featured will include Martha Mayer Erlebacher, Tsibi Geva, Robert Goodnough, Yoko Haru, Ben Kamihira, Jerry Kearns, John Mandel, Philip Pearlstein, Raphael Soyer, and Jerome Witkin.