I Paint What I Want to See: Philip Guston (Penguin Modern Classics)

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I Paint What I Want to See: Philip Guston (Penguin Modern Classics)

I Paint What I Want to See: Philip Guston (Penguin Modern Classics)

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The postponement of Guston’s 2020 retrospective, the arguments around which need no further reheating here, cast the artist as a less nuanced protagonist than either his works or his words suggest, in part thanks to the social media context in which those arguments played out. No reader could finish the book with a sense of Guston as a painter with a singular and unwavering vision of his work and its place in the world.

We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Philip Guston (June 27, 1913 – June 7, 1980) was a painter and printmaker in the New York School, which included many of the abstract expressionists, such as Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning.

Got about halfway before losing interest due to it feeling repetitive caused by it being a collection of his interviews and talks. Philip Guston, one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, spoke about art with unparalleled candour and commitment.

Ofcourse, with Guston you're better off getting the Collected Writings, but I love these little white penguin classics. The editorial model adopted—allow someone else to do all the work, then conveniently “forget” the fact—no doubt helps to keep overheads low, but should we really be happy that the accountants have won again? Usually I don’t mind reading things like this even if I’m not familiar with the artist but I genuinely felt like I was retaining zero information from this. During his lifetime he seemed an outsider, but now the world of painting seems to have regrouped around him. Or, was the whole world and everything in it set into an us-or-them binary arrangement because of the Cold War?

No criptic arty language but relatable and approachable writing about making a painting, this proves to me that's mostly art critics that makes art a difficult subject, for artist it all more simple.

So here we are, I am not the biggest fan of his work but there is something about artists, people who produce art, breath art, live art, and of course always think about art, that makes their discussions, thoughts and writings about art, absolutely fascinating. Abstract at times, there were moments when I had no idea what he was on about, but others where he was irresistibly captivating.You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. His repeated (and perhaps willed) endorsement of ‘frustration’ as a crucial artistic ingredient in the mid-1960s gives way, by the end of the decade, to an outpouring of large-scale paintings he repeatedly admitted to being baffled by. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.



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