Newly published, this is a stunningly good book to accompany 2022's stunningly good touring retrospective exhibition of Philip Guston's work, in all its power and controversy.
Published to accompany a major international retrospective of the artist's work, Philip Guston Now examines the breadth of Guston's career through its multiple stylistic evolutions, as well as the influences and interests that sustained it. Tracing his artistic trajectory from figuration to abstraction and back again, this book also highlights the many contemporary artists who have been influenced by his work, including Tacita Dean, William Kentridge, and Rirkrit Tiravanija.
- 29.2 x 24.1 cm
- 288 pages
- full colour illustrations
Meet Philip Guston Guston's pioneering work across a number of artistic modes, and refusal to shy away from troubling subject matter, has made him one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Like many significant artists in the USA, his career began as a muralist under Franklin Roosevelt's Works Progress Administration programme, engaging artists across the nation in a federally-led programme of support. Guston later became a founding member of the New York School, before abandoning abstraction in favour of a singular style of neo-expressionism. His paintings, often uncompromising depictions of antisemitism, facism, and racism that registered the casual banality of evil, remain an influential, and in recent years controversial, force in contemporary art.