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Philip Guston

Collected Writings, Lectures, and Conversations
Guston, Philip (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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This is the premier collection of dialogues, talks, and writings by Philip Guston (1913#150;1980), one of the most intellectually adventurous and poetically gifted of modern painters. Over the course of his life, Guston's wide reading in literature and philosophy deepened his commitment to his art#151;from his early Abstract Expressionist paintings to his later gritty, intense figurative works. This collection, with many pieces appearing in print for the first time, lets us hear Guston's voice#151;as the artist delivers a lecture on Renaissance painting, instructs students in a classroom setting, and discusses such artists and writers as Piero della Francesca, de Chirico, Picasso, Kafka, Beckett, and Gogol.
Authors: Guston, Philip, 1913-1980
Uniform Title: Selections
Title: Philip Guston
collected writings, lectures, and conversations
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, c2011
Characteristics: xiii, 328 p. :,ill. ;,27 cm
Statement of Responsibility: edited by Clark Coolidge ; with an introduction by Dore Ashton
Additional Contributors: Coolidge, Clark - 1939-
ISBN: 0520235096
9780520235090
0520257162
9780520257160
Branch Call Number: 700 G9829p 2011
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Guston, Philip, 1913-1980 Written works
LCCN: 2010020059
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This is the premier collection of dialogues, talks, and writings by Philip Guston (1913-1980), one of the most intellectually adventurous and poetically gifted of modern painters.


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Dec 17, 2012
  • Gary Geiserman rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A very special book! Not many people can create; even less can talk about their creating. The creative process talked about here is so personal and intimate it’s like we’re privy to a man’s therapy sessions. Philip Guston exhibits his perceptions of his ‘being’ as he paints, as he changes from painting and from seeing his painting change throughout. This talking is so original and is expressed so in it’s essence it seems alive. It probably changes with each reading, like channelled material. Only exact quotes from many panels, interviews, and forums back in the ’50’s ‘60s. You wouldn’t want any ‘journalist’ interpreting this. To be honest, I don’t know if any painting other than realism is of any value at all; I’m a philosopher and I just create. The ‘Art Market’ isn’t anything to do with objets d’art, let alone with creativity. We’re on our own with this material, the only way to travel. If you don’t like/can’t think abstractly or conceptually don’t touch this one. A little goes a long way. This is a bedside book to own. Sit in with Philip Guston and feel like you’re in a salon in Montmartre.

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