Philip Guston was born in Montreal, Quebec in 1913, the seventh child of Russian immigrants. Raised in Los Angeles and largely self-taught, he found inspiration for his early murals in the masters of the Italian Renaissance. Early acclaim as a figurative painter and years spent teaching in the mid-West were followed by a Prix de Rome in 1948-49, after which he moved permanently to New York and turned to abstraction, joining contemporaries Pollock, De Kooning, Kline and Rothko. In the mid-1960s, Guston withdrew from the New York art scene to work on his late figurative paintings in Woodstock until his death in 1980, weeks after the opening of a major retrospective. His work and writings continue to exert a powerful influence over contemporary artists, and he is widely acknowledged as one of the most important American painters of the past century.
Philip Guston's work gathers strength with the passing of time.
During his lifetime he seemed an outsider, but now the world of
painting seems to have regrouped around him. This book captures the
breadth and depth of his thinking, and also captures the feeling of
an intensely lively era when artists like Cage, Feldman and Guston
felt that making art was a branch of philosophy. I think everybody
interested in the evolution of culture should read this
thought-provoking and timely book
Vital in grasping Guston's contribution to post-war American art and his abiding significance to contemporary painters
*The Art Newspaper*
An appealing little book ... A pocketsized portfolio of Philip Guston's writings, talks and interviews ... It includes a joyous appreciation of the Renaissance master Piero della Francesca ... advice to art students ... [and] insights into what makes a great artist tick
This expertly curated selection of Guston's writings, talks and interviews draws together the artist's most incisive reflections on iconography and abstraction, metaphysics and mysticism, and the nature of painting and drawing... If you've never heard of him, this is a great introduction; if you have, this book will deepen your knowledge and understanding