Unpublished 1970s–1980s images by John Goodman
Comprised of brilliant color photographs, the majority of which have never before been exhibited, the exhibition “John Goodman: not recent color“ on view at the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, Massachusetts, examines the American cultural landscape through the coming of age of a young artist in the 1970s and 1980s.
Made from recently rediscovered Kodachrome and Ektachrome slides, these photographs transport viewers to another time with their richly saturated colors and cinematic views. Piercing yet tender images shot in diners, bowling alleys, and darkened theaters, outside phone booths and gas stations, and on city streets and sidewalks conjure moments in individual lives and social interactions that together tell a story about the slowly changing social fabric of Goodman’s studio neighborhood in Boston—and the country at large.
Predating the work for which Goodman is best known—poignant and gritty photographs capturing subjects such as Boston’s famed Combat Zone, backstage at the Boston Ballet, the streets of Havana, and a Times Square boxing gym—these early works announce a lifelong interest in recording fleeting moments, as well as the more abstract and enduring essence of places and people.
“In rediscovering these works, John Goodman has unearthed a particular view of American life from decades past that sheds new light not only on the complicated cultural, racial, artistic, and economic history of Boston, but on how our country has—and has not—changed in the intervening decades,” said Judith F. Dolkart, the Director of the Addison Gallery of American Art.