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In the Tower: Philip Guston

January 15, 2009 – January 3, 2010
East Building, Tower Gallery

Installation view of In the Tower: Philip Guston, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, Gallery Archives


This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: 10 paintings and more than one dozen works on paper created by American artist Philip Guston between 1948 and 1980 were presented in this installation. The majority of the works were drawn from the Gallery's collection, including gifts from Edward R. Broida and Musa Guston, the artist's widow. The installation was supplemented by three works on loan from public and private collections. This was the first in a new series of focus exhibitions on developments in art since the 1970s to be shown in the East Building Tower Gallery. Henri Matisse's cutouts, which were long displayed there, were moved to the Concourse prior to the exhibition opening.

A six-minute film about Guston and his work, created by the department of exhibition programs, was shown in the installation.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Harry Cooper, of the department of modern and contemporary art, was curator.

Sponsor: The exhibition was supported by The Exhibition Circle of the National Gallery of Art. The film was made possible by the HRH Foundation.

Attendance: 122,037 (353 days)

Guston, Philip
American, 1913 - 1980
Philip Guston Now
Video, Released: June 1, 2020, (00:45 minutes)
In the Tower: Philip Guston
Audio, Released: January 27, 2009, (8:03 minutes)