National Gallery of Art - EXHIBITIONS
In the Tower: Philip Guston
February 1, 2009–January 3, 2010

The Tower Gallery is host to a series of exhibitions focusing on developments in art from midcentury to the present.

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery. Please follow the links below for related online resources or visit our current exhibitions schedule.

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NGA BackStory:
In the Tower: Philip Guston
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Works by
Philip Guston in the Gallery's Collection

Press Materials

Image: Philip Guston Ladder, 1978 Gift of Edward R. BroidaAn exhibition of work by American artist Philip Guston (1913–1980) inaugurates an ongoing series of shows in the Tower Gallery focused on developments in art since 1970. For more than five decades, Guston explored ways to paint, from the mural art of the Depression through mid-century abstract expressionism to a raw new imagery beginning in 1968. His shocking return to figuration in that year, influenced by the comics and politics, paved the way for numerous developments in contemporary art. This exhibition of seven major paintings and a selection of prints and drawings, mostly drawn from the Gallery's own collection, charts Guston's career from 1949 to 1980.

Henri Matisse's cut-outs, long displayed in the Tower Gallery, have been moved to the Concourse, where they are on view Monday–Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. and Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–4:00p.m.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Sponsor: The exhibition is made possible by The Exhibition Circle of the National Gallery of Art.