Philip Guston: Late Paintings
By Paul Nesbitt, David Anfam & Philip Larrat-Smith
This is the catalogue that was published to accompany the exhibition of works by Philip Guston at Inverleith House in 2012, the first in Scotland.
Born in Montreal, Philip Guston (1913–80) grew up in Los Angeles where he attended high school with Jackson Pollock. Largely self-taught and politically aware, he worked in the 1930s as a mural painter in Mexico and the US. Moving to New York, he became a celebrated member of the first generation of Abstract Expressionists in the 1950s. In 1967 Guston left New York for the small town of Woodstock, NY and reintroduced figuration to his paintings; cartoon-like in quality they began to incorporate images familiar to him since childhood – from the hooded figures of the Ku Klux Klan, to everyday objects such as lightbulbs, shoes and cigarettes. When these paintings were shown for the first time in 1970, they proved highly controversial but rapidly gained critical recognition. The ‘late’ paintings made during the last 14 years of the artist’s life are now widely regarded as some of the most compelling and influential works of the late 20th century.
The exhibition was presented with the support of the Artist’s Estate and the McKee Gallery, New York.
Hardback, 60pp, 338x305mm, full colour illustrations throughout