Guston in Time: Remembering Philip Guston

Guston in Time: Remembering Philip Guston by Ross Feld 168137661X 9781681376615
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In this warm and vibrant work of memoir and criticism, a young writer forges a friendship with Philip Guston, one of the most influential and controversial painters of the twentieth century.

The late work of Philip Guston has had a profound influence on painters today, but as Gustons star has risen, it has been forgotten how scandalous these paintings, with their cartoonish imagery and almost fumbling application of paint, were initially deemed to be. The 1970 show at the Marlborough Gallery in which Guston, abandoning the delicate abstract expressionism for which he was known, revealed his new style, was critically savaged. In the aftermath of this drubbing, he retreated to his studio in Woodstock, New York--in part to nurse his wounds but, more important, to go on painting exactly as he saw fit.

Ross Feld, a young poet, novelist, and critic, was one of the rare critics to respond favorably to Gustons late work. Guston answered with a grateful note, and a new friendship was soon born. Guston in Time, written not long before Felds early death from cancer, is a portrait of Guston the man; and of his wife, Musa, a major figure not only in his life but in his work; a reckoning with his supremely individual achievement as an artist; and a work of art in its own right.

A retrospective of Gustons work, Philip Guston Now, will be on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, from May 1 to September 11, 2022; at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, from October 23, 2022, to January 15, 2023; at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., from February 26 to August 27, 2023; and at the Tate Modern, London, from October 3, 2023 to February 4, 2024.

Guston in Time: Remembering Philip Guston

Author: Ross Feld

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 192

Publisher: NYRB Classics

Publication Date: 2022-05-24

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