October 23 - January 16, 2023
From the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston:
“Philip Guston never stopped questioning the place of the artist in society. His paintings resonate with a profound humanism, defined equally by themes that touch on what he called the “brutality of the world” and the profound commitment he made to the joy of painting.
Over his 50-year career, Guston (1913–1980) shifted from figuration to abstraction and back again. Philip Guston Now, the first retrospective of the influential artist’s work in nearly two decades, features paintings, prints, and drawings—both well-known and rarely seen—from public and private collections.
Among 20th-century artists, Guston is especially relevant to a younger generation. Philip Guston Nowshows his willingness to engage explicitly with social injustice and to excavate the anxieties of personal conviction from his earliest works through to his last.
Exhibition highlights include foundational paintings from the 1930s that have never been on public view; a cycle of major abstract paintings of the 1950s; a multi-part array of small panel paintings from the late 1960s as Guston developed a new vocabulary grounded in ordinary objects; a reunion of the controversial paintings from Guston’s groundbreaking 1970 show at Marlborough Gallery in New York; and a powerful selection of large, often apocalyptic paintings of the late 1970s that form Guston’s final artistic statement.”
On View: October 23, 2022 | 12–5 pm
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