Out of Time: Philip Guston and the Refiguration of Postwar American Art

Out of Time: Philip Guston and the Refiguration of Postwar American Art

by Robert Slifkin

Hardcover(First Edition)

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Focusing on the thirty-three paintings that Philip Guston exhibited at the Marlborough Gallery in 1970, this in-depth account reconsiders the history of postwar American art and the conception of figuration in modern art history. Through a myriad of cultural touchstones, including evidence from literary and musical vogues of the period, Robert Slifkin examines the role of history as both artistic medium and creative catalyst to Guston’s practice as a painter. Slifkin employs a wealth of visual examples, archival materials, and original scholarship to situate Guston’s paintings within broader artistic debates of the time, using the cultural movement of “the sixties” as its orienting foreground. This historical framework provides an interface between the notions of time in art and time in the material world. Lively and edifying, Slifkin’s comprehensive text productively complicates the prescribed traditions of postwar art history and, in turn, shifts our perception of Guston and his place in the domain of modern art.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520275294
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 08/31/2013
Series: The Phillips Collection Book Prize Series , #5
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Robert Slifkin is Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.

Table of Contents

Preface: Art, History, and the 1960s

Introduction: Figuration circa 1970

2. Literal, Lateral, Historical

3. Action Painting Refigured

4. Conclusion: Badness circa 1970


Selected Bibliography

List of Illustrations



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