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Philip Guston
Shade
1973
McKee Gallery
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GUSTON’S FINGER PUPPETS
by Charlie Finch



The gorgeous show of Philip Guston’s small oils at McKee Gallery has got me thinking about the many meanings of the hooded figures in Guston’s late work. The standard interpretation is that these represent the KKK, a reprise of the early political cartoons Guston did during the Depression, inspired by the Klan’s intimidation of Jews, like Guston, and blacks in Los Angeles at the time.

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