Philip Guston by Philip Guston
Retrospective

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The most comprehensive survey of Philip Guston's work to date, this catalogue showcases 138 paintings and drawings, spanning from 1930 to the artist's death in 1980. A team of scholars addresses key issues and themes surrounding the development of Guston's art, exploring his early influences and the origins of symbols that resurfaced and played a prominent role in his late work. They provide insight into Guston's philosophy regarding abstraction, his role within its development, and the social and art historical context from which his so-called 'Klan paintings' emerged. The volume includes an essay written by Guston, an illustrated chronology of the artist's life and career, and a comprehensive bibliography.
 

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Michael Auping is Chief Curator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, and the author of books on abstract expressionism, Clyfford Still, and Arshile Gorky. The book also includes essays by Michael E. Shapiro, Joseph Rishel, Andrew Graham-Dixon, Bill Berkson, and Dore Ashton. Dore Ashton is a writer, professor and critic of modern and contemporary art. She is the author or editor of more than thirty books on art, including Noguchi East and West, About Rothko, American Art Since 1945, The New York School: A Cultural Reckoning, and Picasso On Art. Ashton has also contributed to many publications including Art Digest and worked as an art critic at the New York Times. Ashton was one of the New York art critics who championed the New York School, whose members also included Harold Rosenberg and Barbara Rose.Ashton is a professor of art history at the Cooper Union in New York and a senior critic in painting and printmaking at Yale.She received an MA from Harvard University.
 
Published January 1, 2003 by Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. 271 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, Professional & Technical, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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He wanted, he said, “to paint things as if one had never seen them before, as if one had come from another planet.” He aspired “to paint as a cave man would.” Skip to next paragraph Enlarge This Image Morgan Library and Museum Philip Guston, Works on Paper, May 2 through August 31...

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Morton Feldman For Philip Guston Breuer/Engler/Schrammel Wergo, Four CDs 2008 Buy For Philip Guston Morton Feldman and Philip Guston were best friends until 1970, when the painter's su...

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Publishers Weekly

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The late work by American painter Guston (1913–1980) remains unmistakable—his rough, exaggerated reductions of people to piles of shoes, single-eyed heads or looming forearms retain their thickly colored genius as presented in this catalogue, linked to a traveling exhibition that arrives at New Y...

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The Telegraph

Like the other paintings at Inverleith House, the style is self-consciously coarse and misbegotten, while the dominant reds and pinks invoke the colour of inflamed flesh.

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Gather Books

The collected 166 works on paper (76 color) covering Guston's career from the mid-1940s (earlier works were excluded) with the critical essays relate the significance of such works in the development of this artist's creativity.

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New York Magazine

Philip Guston went from refined to raw, making the high-low struggles of twentieth-century painting his punch line.

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Broad Street Review

BY: Robert Zaller 02.21.2009 “Philip Guston: 1954-1958” occupies the ground floor of New York’s L & M gallery, and there is no more beautiful art space on display in that c...

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BY: Robert Zaller 06.17.2008 “Philip Guston: Works on Paper” is a comprehensive show of 100 drawings by the modern American master Philip Guston that shows his graphic oeuv...

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Broad Street Review

If Goya’s world appears to totter on the point of savage regression, Guston’s seems to have experienced that regression in full (the two world wars of his own lifetime), and to be clambering back on one of the ubiquitous ladders to nowhere that also inhabit the late works, rung by rung, toward wh...

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Ken Greenleaf

VALUABLE DOUBTS Guston always speaks subjectively — from his own struggles, his own studio, and from the art he made.

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