Night Studio: A Memoir Of Philip Guston

Night Studio: A Memoir Of Philip Guston

by Musa Mayer


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Philip Guston (1913–1980) was driven, sustained, and consumed by art. His style ranged from the social realism of his WPA murals through his abstract expressionist canvasses of the 1950s and 1960s (when he counted Pollock, Rothko, de Kooning, and Kline among his friends) to his cartoonlike paintings of Klansmen, disembodied heads, and tangled piles of everyday objects. Critics and public alike savaged Guston for his return to figurative art, but today his late work is recognized for the singular power of its darkly hilarious vision. Musa Mayer augments her firsthand knowledge with extensive interviews with his family, friends, students, and colleagues, as well as Guston's own letters, notes, and autobiographical writings, to re-create a turbulent era in American art. Night Studio, profusely illustrated (including almost a dozen paintings in full color), illuminates not only the life of a great artist, but the experience of growing up in his shadow.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306807671
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 03/28/1997
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.04(w) x 9.07(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Musa Mayer is the author of Examining Myself: One Woman's Story of Breast Cancer Treatment and Recovery. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii(1)
List of Illustrations
ONE: Retrospective
TWO: Women Are Learners
THREE: Stern Conditions
FOUR: So Much Preparation
FIVE: In the Studio
SIX: Some Music
SEVEN: Painter's Forms
EIGHT: Drawing Aside the Curtain
NINE: Coronary Care
TEN: Openings
ELEVEN: If This Be Not I
TWELVE: Night Studio
Afterword 249(4)
Notes 253

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