Philip Guston: Retrospective

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Philip Guston: Retrospective

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"The single best introduction to a tremendous force in American painting."—Chicago Tribune

Philip Guston (1913-1980) had been a successful abstract painter for almost two decades when he boldly returned to figurative work in the late 1960s. His uncompromising late paintings, which broke taboos, baffled his admirers, and shocked the art establishment, ultimately inspired succeeding generations of artists, invigorating painting with a new sense of mission.

This book, the most comprehensive survey of Guston's art to date, was originally published on the occasion of a major international exhibition. It brings together for the first time the different bodies of the artist's work, exposing the connective threads between each of his developmental stages. In-depth essays by a noted group of critics and art historians explore Guston's early influences and the emergence of symbols that resurfaced and played prominent roles 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. 197 illustrations, 158 in color.

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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.

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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 York's Metropolitan Museum this fall. Auping (Abstract Expressionism: The Critical Developments) presents 197 illustrations (158 in color) from the early breakthroughs Drawing for Conspirators (a 1930 reflection on lynching), Bombardment (a 1937-1938 response to the Spanish Civil War) and the magisterial WWII-era If This Be Not I to the final works that simultaneously record profound restiveness, humor and ambition with the barest minimum of figuration and cartoonish technique. Essays by scholar Dore Ashton, poet Bill Berkson, Guston himself and others team with the works, which are printed one-to-a-page, without text, along with paintings by such influences as Goya, Mondrian and L‚ger. Guston remarks, "[M]y paintings look more real to me than what is outdoors"; readers of this book will agree.
-y paintings look more real to me than what is outdoors"; readers of this book will agree.
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