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Image: Book cover of "Philip Guston Now"

Phillip Guston Now
Harry Cooper, Mark Godfrey, Alison de Lima Greene, and Kate Nesin

Philip Guston — ​perhaps more than any other figure in recent memory — ​has given contemporary artists permission to break the rules and paint what, and how, they want. His winding career, embrace of “high” and “low” sources, and constant aesthetic reinvention defy easy categorization.

Published to accompany the first retrospective museum exhibition of Guston’s art in 15 years, this book traces the unconventional path of this hugely important painter (1913 – 1980). Incisive essays from leading art historians reveal Guston’s thematic influences and interests, while an authoritative, illustrated chronology shares many new discoveries about his life and work. We also hear from 10  of the most relevant artists of our day, for whom Guston’s bold, often provocative work has served as inspiration.

Featuring a magnificent array of color plates derived from exquisite new photographs of Guston’s paintings, this generously illustrated volume also highlights rarities including little-known cartoons drawn by Guston in his youth and intimate, previously unpublished photographs of his studio and painting materials.

This book offers the first truly balanced examination of Guston’s career — ​from socially committed public art in the 1930s and ’40s, to abstract expressionism in the 1950s, to his defining, defiant turn away from abstraction — ​and toward the figure — ​in the late 1960s and ’70s. This final decade was also his most productive, when he created large canvases of cartoon-inspired, antiheroic figures that combine the personal and the political, the comic and the apocalyptic, and the abstract and the figurative in memorable ways that resonate with artists and art-loving audiences today more than ever.

280 pages | 278 illustrations | 9.5 × 11.5 inches

Coming June 2020

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Poor Richard by Philip Guston
With an afterword by Harry Cooper

Inspired by the life and career of Richard Nixon (especially his rapprochement with China), this volume reproduces 73 satirical, imaginative drawings also featuring Henry Kissinger, Spiro Agnew, and John Mitchell, including an original title page, all created by Philip Guston — ​one of the 20th century’s most inventive artists — ​in 1971. Conceived as a book, the drawings were unpublished during Guston’s lifetime (1913 – ​1980) and were not exhibited until September 2001 in New York. Here for the first time they are brought together not so much as an art book but rather as the graphic novel they were meant to be. 

96 pages | 76 illustrations | 8.5 × 7 inches

Coming June 2020

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The New Woman Behind the Camera
Edited with text by Andrea Nelson. Foreword by Kaywin Feldman. Preface by Andrea Nelson and Mia Fineman. Contributions by Elizabeth Cronin, Mia Fineman, Mila Ganeva, Kristen Gresh, Elizabeth Otto, and Kim Sichel.

During the 1920s the New Woman was easy to recognize but hard to define. Hair bobbed and fashionably dressed, this iconic figure of modernity was everywhere, splashed across magazine pages or projected on the silver screen. A global phenomenon, she embodied an ideal of female empowerment based on real women making revolutionary changes in life and art—including photography. This groundbreaking, richly illustrated book looks at those “new women” who embraced photography as a mode of expression and made a profound impact on the medium from the 1920s to the 1950s. Thematic chapters explore how women emerged as a driving force in modern photography, bringing their own perspective to artistic experimentation, studio portraiture, fashion and advertising work, scenes of urban life, ethnography, and photojournalism. Featuring work by over 120 photographers, this volume expands the history of photography by critically examining an international array of canonical and less well-known women photographers, from Berenice Abbott, Dorothea Lange, and Lola Álvarez Bravo to Eslanda Goode Robeson, Tsuneko Sasamoto, and Homai Vyarawalla. Against the odds, these women produced invaluable visual testimony that reflects both their personal experiences and the extraordinary social and political transformations of the era.

304 pages | 210 illustrations | 9.5 × 12 inches

Coming Fall 2020