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Philip Guston, The Ladder, 1978, oil on canvas, Gift of Edward R. Broida. © The Estate of Philip Guston

Philip Guston Now

Introduction to the Exhibition

Focus: Exhibitions

  • Sunday, March 5, 2023
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • East Building Auditorium
  • In-person
  • Registration Required

Registration is required and opens Friday, February 24 at noon.

Join us for an introductory presentation on the exhibition Philip Guston Now by Harry Cooper, the National Gallery’s senior curator and head of modern and contemporary art. A signing of the exhibition catalog follows in the East Building Concourse Shop. 

About Philip Guston Now

Philip Guston Now charts the 50-year career of one of America’s most influential modern artists through more than 150 paintings and drawings. Guston’s story is one of epic change—of artistic styles, from muralism to abstract expressionism to figuration, of degrees of political and social involvement, and of levels of personal confession in his work. Renowned in his time and in ours, Guston’s work continues to resonate, attract, and provoke, raising crucial questions about the relationship of art to beauty and brutality, freedom and doubt, politics and the imagination.