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Canceled—Philip Guston Now—Introduction to the Exhibition

Harry Cooper

  • Sunday, June 7, 2020
  • 2:00 p.m.
  • East Building Auditorium

Philip Guston, Painter's Table, 1973, oil on canvas, Gift (Partial and Promised) of Ambassador and Mrs. Donald Blinken in memory of Maurice H. Blinken and in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art, 1991.69.1

As a precautionary measure in light of COVID-19, the Gallery has canceled this event. We hope to welcome you to the Gallery soon and thank you for your support.

Harry Cooper, senior curator and head, department of modern art, National Gallery of Art, Washington

One of America’s greatest modern painters, Philip Guston (1913–1980) bridged the personal and the political, the abstract and the figurative, and the humorous and the tragic in paintings of lively touch and memorable impact. A major retrospective of Guston, the first in more than 15 years, Philip Guston Now presents a truly balanced view of the artist’s 50-year career. A selection of approximately 117 paintings and 118 drawings from some 45 public and private collections features well-known works as well as others that have seldom been seen. Highlights include paintings from the 1930s that have rarely been on public view; the largest reunion of paintings from his groundbreaking Marlborough Gallery show in 1970; a thorough representation of satirical drawings of Richard Nixon and his associates; a dazzling array of small panel paintings made in 1968–1972 as Guston was developing his new vocabulary of hoods, books, bricks, and shoes; and a powerful selection of large, often apocalyptic paintings of the later 1970s that form the artist’s last major artistic statement. Harry Cooper presents an overview of the exhibition to celebrate its opening at the National Gallery of Art on June 7, 2020. Philip Guston Now is on view through September 13, 2020.