Philip Guston

Philip Guston

Philip Guston’s early practice was defined by abstraction, largely due to his immersion in the New York School of painters. However, during the 1960s he began to grow dissatisfied with the apolitical nature of non-representation; in a radical shift in style, Guston began to incorporate figurative elements such as shoes, lightbulbs, cigarettes, and human caricatures into his mostly red, black, and grey canvases. The artist was born in Montreal in 1913 but mostly raised in Los Angeles. He briefly attended the Otis Art Institute but soon dropped out to travel to study mural painting in Mexico, subsequently working as a muralist for the Works Progress Administration. In 1935, he moved to New York where he lived (both in the city and upstate) until his death in 1980. Guston's works are part of the collections of numerous important museums including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, the Museum of Modern Art, NY, and the Tate Modern, London. He has had retrospective exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, and The Royal Academy, London, among others.

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