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April 25, 2022

Philip Guston Now

Philip Guston, Painting, "Smoking, Eating"

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

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, May 1, 2022–September 11, 2022
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, October 23, 2022–January 15, 2023
National Gallery of Art, Washington, February 26, 2023–August 27, 2023
Tate Modern, October 3, 2023–February 25, 2024

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 the artist, Philip Guston Now, will present a finely balanced view of the full scope of the artist's 50-year career. Organized by the National Gallery of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Tate Modern, London, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the exhibition will be on view in the Concourse Level of the National Gallery's East Building from February 26 through August 27, 2023.

The presentation at the National Gallery will include approximately 110 paintings and 115 drawings from some 37 public and private collections—the largest presentation among the four venues. Highlights include paintings from the 1930s and 1940s that have rarely been on public view; a rich representation of Guston's abstract paintings of 1950-1965; the largest-ever reunion of paintings from his groundbreaking Marlborough Gallery show in 1970; a thorough representation of Guston's satirical drawings of Richard Nixon and his associates; a dazzling array of small panel paintings he made in 1968–1972 as he was developing his new vocabulary of hoods, books, bricks, and shoes; and a powerful selection of large, often apocalyptic and confessional paintings of the later 1970s that form the artist's last major artistic statement.

The National Gallery has engaged an advisory group of thinkers, artists, and community leaders to consult on exhibition interpretation, design, visitor experience, programming opportunities, digital content, and more.

Published in 2020 by the National Gallery of Art and D.A.P., a richly illustrated monograph includes essays by the exhibition's co-curators and leading art historians and a detailed chronology of the artist’s life and work based on new research, along with reflections by 10 of the most daring contemporary artists on their engagement with Guston and the impact of his work and legacy. The catalog is available at

Major support for the international tour of the exhibition is provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art. The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

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.

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