philip-guston

I believe it was John Cage who once told me, ‘When you start working, everybody is in your studio- the past, your friends, enemies, the art world, and above all, your own ideas- all are there. But as you continue painting, they start leaving, one by one, and you are left completely alone. Then, if you’re lucky, even you leave.’
—  Philip Guston
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recently opened, thru July 29:

Painter, 1957 – 1967
 Philip Guston

Hauser & Wirth Gallery, 511 W18th St., NYC

Featuring 36 paintings and 53 drawings, the exhibition explores a pivotal decade in the career of the preeminent 20th century American artist.

‘I do not see why the loss of faith in the known image and symbol in our time should be celebrated as a freedom. It is a loss from which we suffer, and this pathos motivates modern painting and poetry at its heart.’
– Philip Guston, 1958