Philip Guston  (American, 1913-1980) 

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Philip Guston (American, 1913–1980) was an important painter in the New York School of Abstract Expressionism, influential for his playful integration of abstract elements into figurative scenes. Born Philip Goldstein in Montreal, Canada, Guston’s family moved to Los Angeles when he was a child. As a teenager, Guston became fascinated with art and attended the Los Angeles Manual Arts High School, with his fellow future-artist, Jackson Pollock (American, 1912–1956). Guston then enrolled at the Otis Art Institute for several months in the 1930s before becoming active with the mural movement, and Mexican artists such as José Clemente Orozco (1883–1949) and Diego Rivera (1886–1957).

In 1935 he moved to New York, where he joined a growing number of artists that worked for the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Arts Projects. Combining Renaissance architectural platforms with a Cubist treatment of space, Guston developed his unique style in the 1940s, leading to a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1947. He continued to work and teach at New York University and the Pratt Institute throughout his later artistic career. His style radically changed in the late 1960s, however, as his work incorporated more symbols and he rendered landscapes and still life scenes in a flattened, cartoonish style. Throughout these later works, abstracted motifs, such as hooded heads and shoe soles, recur, reflecting the personal iconography Guston developed in his mature works.

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Philip Guston, Studio Corner

 

Philip Guston
Studio Corner
1980

Mary Ryan Gallery
Philip Guston, Sea Group

 

Philip Guston
Sea Group
1980

Auction: Apr 28, 2014
Phillips New York
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Philip Guston, Group

 

Philip Guston
Group
1980

Auction: Apr 28, 2014
Phillips New York
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Philip Guston, The Light

 

Philip Guston
The Light
1975

Aurel Scheibler
Philip Guston, Untitled

 

Philip Guston
Untitled
1969

Aurel Scheibler
Philip Guston, Untitled (Hood)

 

Philip Guston
Untitled (Hood)
1969

Aurel Scheibler
Philip Guston, Study for The Gladiators

 

Philip Guston
Study for The Gladiators
circa 1939

Valerie Carberry Gallery
Philip Guston, Hinged

 

Philip Guston
Hinged
1978

Hauser & Wirth Zürich London New York
Philip Guston, View

 

Philip Guston
View
1981

Timothy Taylor Gallery
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Philip Guston, August (from Four on Plexi Suite)

 

Philip Guston
August (from Four on Plexi Suite), 1966
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Philip Guston, Untitled

 

Philip Guston
Untitled, 1967
ink on paper laid on panel

 

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Philip Guston, Tony and Pete Dec

 

Philip Guston
Tony and Pete Dec, 1945
graphite on paper

 

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1913   Born: Montreal, Canada
1930   Attended classes at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, CA; disappointed in the traditional art curriculum, left after only three months.
1936   Joined Federal Administration Art Project, Works Progress Administration
1941 - 1945   Served as artist-in-residence, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Recipient, first prize in painting, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
1945 - 1947   Served as artist-in-residence, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
1947   Recipient, Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
1948   Recipient, Prix de Rome from American Academy in Rome, Italy
1950   Visiting Artist, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
1959   Recipient, Ford Foundation grant
1968   Recipient, Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
1970 - 1971   Served as artist-in-residence at the American Academy, Rome, Italy
1975   Recipient, Distinguished Teaching of Art Award from the College Art Association
1973 - 1978   Appointed as a professor of art , Boston University, Boston, MA
1980   Recipient, Creative Arts Award, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
1980   Died: Woodstock, New York
2012   Philip Guston: Late Paintaings, Inverleith House, Edinburgh, Scotland (solo)
2012   Collecting Biennials, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Modern Masters from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH
Philip Guston, Roma, Museo Carlo Bilotti, Rome, Italy (solo)
2009   Philip Guston 1954-1958, L&M Arts, New York, NY(solo)
Ventrioloquist, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK
2008   Second Thoughts, The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
For the Spirit - From the UBS Art Collection, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2007   No Answer is also an answer - Recent Acquisitions 2005-2007, Dublin City Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Philip Guston / Jasper Johns, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY
2006   The New Landscape / The New Still Life - Soutine and Modern Art, Cheim & Read, New York City, NY
Enigma Variations: Guston and de Chirico, Santa Monica Museum, CA
Philip Guston - Drawings, McKee Gallery, New York, NY(solo)
Philip Guston, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK
2005   Surrealism USA, National Academy Museum, New York, NY; traveling to Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
BIG BANG - Centre Pompidou, Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris, France
2004   Philip Guston, Grimm Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands(solo)
Philip Guston, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK (solo)
Philip Guston: Retrospective, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX (solo)
Small Work / Large Scale, Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, NY
2003   Philip Guston, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY(solo)
Philip Guston Retrospective, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA(solo)
2002   Philip Guston: Poor Richard, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA(solo)
Philip Guston, Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, The Netherlands(solo)
2000 - 2001   Painting the Century, 101 Portrait masterpieces 1900-2000, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
2000   Philip Guston: A New Alphabet, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT (solo)
Philip Guston: Small Paintings and Drawings 1968-1980, McKee Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1999   The American Century, Art & Culture 1900-2000, Part II 1950-2000, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Philip Guston: Works on Paper, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK
1998   Philip Guston, Manny Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Dubuffet to de Kooning: Expressionist Prints from Europe and America, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1957   The "9th St." Show, Stable Gallery, New York, NY
1956   The "9th St." Show, Stable Gallery, New York, NY
12 Americans, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1953   The "9th St." Show, Stable Gallery, New York, NY
1952   Abstract Painting and Sculpture in America, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1951   Whitney Museum of American Art, Annuals and Biennials, New York, NY
The "9th St." Show, Stable Gallery, New York, NY
1942 - 1948   Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
  National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris, France
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
Berardo Museum, Lisbon, Portugal
Fundación Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain
Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía(MNCARS), Madrid, Spain
Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland
Tate Britain, London, U.K
Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, MI
Museum of Fine Arts-Boston, Boston, MA
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA
Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX
University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY
Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, MO
San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, TX
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA
2007    Schreier, Christoph. Philip Guston Works on Paper. Ostfildern, Germany: Hatje Cantz, 2007
2006    Auping, Michael. Philip Guston: Retrospective. New York: Thames & Hudson, 2006
2003    Feld, Ross. Guston in Time: Remembering Philip Guston. Berkley: Counterpoint, 2003
2001    Kunstmuseum Bonn. Philip Guston: Paintings/Tableaux 1947-1979. Bonn: Stadt Bonn, 2001
1991    Storr, Robert. Philip Guston (Modern Masters Series, Vol. 11). New York: Abbeville Press, 1991