Night Studio: A Memoir Of Philip Guston

Night Studio: A Memoir Of Philip Guston

by Musa Mayer

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Overview

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
ix
ONE: Retrospective
3(22)
TWO: Women Are Learners
25(20)
THREE: Stern Conditions
45(26)
FOUR: So Much Preparation
71(14)
FIVE: In the Studio
85(22)
SIX: Some Music
107(32)
SEVEN: Painter's Forms
139(22)
EIGHT: Drawing Aside the Curtain
161(22)
NINE: Coronary Care
183(18)
TEN: Openings
201(16)
ELEVEN: If This Be Not I
217(22)
TWELVE: Night Studio
239(10)
Afterword 249(4)
Notes 253

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