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Philip Guston Now
July 3 – October 3, 2021
East Building, Concourse

Philip Guston, Painting, Smoking, Eating, 1973, oil on canvas, overall: 196.85 × 262.89 cm (77 1/2 × 103 1/2 in.), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, © The Estate of Philip Guston

One of America’s greatest modern painters, Philip Guston (1913–1980) uniquely 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, will present 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 will feature well-known works as well as others that have rarely been seen. Highlights include paintings from the 1930s that have never 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.

A fully illustrated monograph will include essays by the exhibition’s co-curators and a richly illustrated chronology of his life and work, along with reflections by contemporary artists on their engagement with Guston and the impact of his work and legacy.

The exhibition is curated by Harry Cooper, senior curator and head, department of modern art, National Gallery of Art, Washington; Alison de Lima Greene, Isabel Brown Wilson Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Mark Godfrey, senior curator, international art, Tate Modern, London; and Kate Nesin, adjunct curator, contemporary art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Organization: The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Tate Modern, London; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Sponsors: Major support for the international tour of the exhibition is provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Hashtag: #PhilipGustonNow

Passes: Admission is always free and passes are not required

Other venues: Tate Modern, London, February 4–May 31, 2021
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, March 6–May 30, 2022
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, November 7, 2021–February 6, 2022

Philip Guston Now—Introduction to the Exhibition
Harry Cooper
June 7 at 2:00 p.m.
East Building Auditorium

Philip Guston Now, Exhibition Catalog Trailer
Video, Released: June 1, 2020, (00:45 minutes)