Figuration to Abstraction and Back Again: How Philip Guston Shaped 20th-Century Painting

Philip Guston, Dial, 1956, oil on canvas.© THE ESTATE OF PHILIP GUSTON/COURTESY HAUSER & WIRTH

Philip Guston is best known for his incisive, cartoonish paintings and drawings ranging in subject matter from everyday scenes to narrative political satires, particularly those of Richard Nixon. Guston’s work received varying degrees of critical praise throughout his lifetime, shifting as he changed course.

His works can now be found in major international museums and are the subject of an upcoming online exhibition at Hauser & Wirth opening July 30. The artist’s pieces are also set to figure in a traveling survey, postponed due to the pandemic, beginning in 2021, that will make stops at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and Tate Modern in London.

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