Philip Guston

A Life Spent Painting

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Robert Storr

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An authoritative and comprehensive survey of the life and work of the visionary and influential painter Philip Guston.

Driven and consumed by art, Philip Guston painted and drew compulsively. This book takes the reader from his early social realist murals and easel paintings of the 1930s and 1940s, to the Abstract Expressionist works of the 1950s and early 1960s, and finally to the powerful new language of figurative painting, which he developed in the late 1960s and 1970s. Drawing on more than thirty years of his own research, the critic and curator, Robert Storr, maps Guston’s entire career in one definitive volume, providing a substantial, accessible and revealing analysis of his work.

With more than 850 images, the book illustrates Guston’s key works and includes many unpublished paintings and drawings. An extensive chronology, illustrated with photographs, letters, articles, publications and other ephemera drawn from the artist’s archives and other sources, contextualizes Guston’s life and provides in-depth coverage of his life at home, his work in the studio, his relationship with fellow artists and his many exhibitions.

Guston was able to speak about art with unrivalled passion and fluency. In celebration of this, the book features Guston’s own thoughts on his drawings and his great heroes of the Italian Renaissance.

Additional information

Weight 3589 g
Dimensions 31.3 x 33.8 cm
Publisher name Laurence King Publishing Ltd
Publication date 14 September 2020
Number of pages 360
Format Hardback
Dimensions 31.3 x 33.8 cm
Weight 3589 g
Robert Storr, the preeminent art critic, curator and artist, is the former Dean of Yale School of Art and senior curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He has written numerous catalogues, articles and books on major 20th and 21st-century artists. He was the first American to be visual arts director of the Venice Biennale and has been researching and writing on Philip Guston for more than three decades.