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INSIDE VIEW For the first time ever, illustrator Jeremiah Goodman’s romantic paintings of celebrity interiors are exhibited in L.A. “Carolina Herrera Manhattan Living Room,” (2009) “Diana Vreeland, Park Avenue Sitting Room,” (2000) “Tony Duquette Dawnridge, Hollywood,” (1987), all by Jeremiah Goodman Artist Goodman This month, 55 gouache paintings by renowned interiors illustrator Jeremiah Goodman will go on display at Dessin Fournir. The retrospective, Inspired Interiors (May 9 to June 9, L.A., dessinfournirshowrooms.com), is curated by U.K.-based art dealer Dean Rhys Morgan and spans Goodman’s 70- year career. “I’ve never shown my work in California,” says Goodman excitedly of the exhibition, noting that, in his youth, he dreamed of being a Hollywood set decorator. “The show is made up of what I like to think of as my greatest hits. It’s a cross section of work ranging from the 1940s to work completed last year.” Goodman, a lifetime New Yorker, made a name for himself working with magazines like Harper’s Bazaar and Interior Design, and painting the homes of stars like Greta Garbo and Bob Hope. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase Jeremiah’s work,” says Chuck Comeau, co-founder and CEO of Dessin Fournir. “We’ve included some of my favorite Californian interiors,” adds Goodman, “[like] the homes of [my] friends James Galanos and Betsy Bloomingdale.” Recalling another acquaintance, Tony Duquette, whose Beverly Hills home Goodman painted in 1988, says the artist: “Tony was a magician; Dawnridge, his playground. Each corner of the estate was a painting just waiting to happen.” Newer works include Carolina Herrera’s home (“Carolina has the most beautifully decorated sitting room in Manhattan—a riot of scarlet and gilt!” Goodman explains), Bruce Weber’s country house and, perhaps most exclusively, the painter’s own home. “There’s a visceral quality about handrenderings,” says Goodman, summing it up with the Brazilian term, saudade. “It’s the most ma r velous word—a longing for something that you can’t quite put your finger on.” With a following that include s inter ior and fashion designers alike (Marc Jacobs recently used Goodman’s portrait of Diana Vreeland’s sitting room as a runway backdrop), and a presence on Instagram, he’s discovering a whole new world of fans. Says Goodman: “At 94 that really gives me something to smile about.”
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