Philip Guston. An Abstract Artist’s Return to the Figurative  17 November 2013 until 2 March 2014

Exhibition in the Art Gallery of the Jewish Historical Museum

Philip Guston, Zonder titel, 1969, houtskool op papier. Bruikleen particuliere collectieAn exhibition of recent work by Guston in the Marlborough Gallery in October 1970 caused an uproar in the New York art scene. With his figurative drawings and paintings he seemed to be rejecting the world of abstract expressionism. Old friends saw this as a betrayal of the "pure" art and all but a few of them broke contact with him. The painter himself saw his return to figurativism as a natural step in his artistic development. The drawings, lithographs and paintings by Philip Guston showing in the JHM's Art Gallery from 17 November 2013 through 2 March 2014 illustrate the start and the course of that process.

Philip Guston (1913-1980) was born in Montreal as the son of Jewish immigrants who had fled the Ukraine in 1905. After a difficult childhood in Los Angeles, through his own efforts, he developed into a versatile artist and became a renowned abstract expressionist.

The eight works by Philip Guston displayed here are on loan from a private collection.

See also more information about his exposition in Frankfurt.

Screening Philip Guston - A Life Lived (USA 2012)
59 minutes

Narrated by the artist.

Late in life, the artist looks back over a career that originated in social realism during the '30s, moved to the center of Abstract Expressionism, and culminated in a return to figuration.

Filmed at his retrospective in San Francisco in 1980 and at his Woodstock studio, where Guston is seen painting, the artist speaks candidly about his philosophy of painting and the psychological motivation for his work.

Where: Auditorium
Time: 14:30 uur

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