Brenda Goodman (born in Detroit, Michigan in 1943) is an artist and painter currently living and working in Pine Hill, New York. Her artistic practice includes paintings, works on paper, and sculptures. She is represented by the Sikkema Jenkins Gallery in New York, NY.
Brenda Goodman received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1965 from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. She received an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the College for Creative Studies in 2017. From 1971 until her move to NYC in 1976, Goodman was a member of the Cass Corridor Movement, the group of artists from Detroit's Cass Corridor neighborhood whose work responded to the post-industrial decline.
Goodman has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including a Visual Arts Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships in Painting, and an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has been a visiting artist at many esteemed colleges and universities including: The University of the Arts, The Parsons School of Design, Bard College, Hunter College, The University of Michigan, The University of Tennessee, and The University of Windsor.
The artist has described her intuitive approach to painting as “akin to the improvisations of jazz”. She has been recognized for her unorthodox use of painting materials and her exploration of both abstraction and representation in her work, which often combines elements of both. Her self-portraits have been called by John Yau "one of the most powerful and disturbing achievements of portraiture in modern art".
Goodman's work has been exhibited at numerous galleries and museums including recent one-person exhibitions at The Landing LA, Sikkema Jenkins Gallery, Jeff Bailey Gallery, the College for Creative Studies Center Galleries, Paul Kotula Projects, and Life on Mars Gallery. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, Connecticut.
It can currently be found within collections of: The Museum of Modern Art, The Birmingham Museum of Art, The Carnegie Museum of Art, The California Center for the Arts Museum, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Agnes Gund Foundation, Cranbrook Art Museum, The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Museum of Contemporary Arts in Chicago, The First National Bank of Chicago, The American Medical Association Headquarters, and The Rutgers-Camden Collection of Art.