By Dore Ashton
Dore Ashton has up-to-date the bibliography and additional a brand new concluding bankruptcy to her vintage learn of the work and drawings of Philip Guston, the single examine of his paintings thoroughly licensed by way of the artist.Philip Guston (1913-1980) was once some of the most self reliant of the painters whose paintings was once loosely associated by means of the time period "abstract expressionism" through the Fifties, and he baffled admirers of his lushly attractive summary expressionist work by way of relocating suddenly in mid-career to gritty figurative work in a virtually cartoon-like variety. one of many few critics who observed this on the time as a revolutionary improvement in his paintings was once Dore Ashton, who right here analyzes Guston's work and drawings within the context of the cultural milieu during which he labored, illuminating the trouble dealing with artists who try and stay with, comprehend, and convey either the beliefs of paintings and the truth of the area.
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In addition, he encountered for the first time Berenson's books on Renaissance art, Élie Faure's sensitive discussions of the spirit of forms, and Roger Fry's essays. Erwin Panofsky, whose writings Guston also devoured at the time, amplified his knowledge and interest in the symbolic. Guston's long concourse with the Renaissance masters had naturally led him to explore the sources of their themes, and his exposure to Panofsky's lessons in iconography was essential to his dialogue in the early 1940s.
All this excitement coincided with the activities of the John Reed Club, which had been originally founded late in 1929 in New York as a Marxist study group but had gained adherents in other American ― 27 ― cities as the Depression worsened. The Club's 1932 draft manifesto soberly noted that: Thousands of school-teachers, engineers, chemists, newspapermen and members of other professions are unemployed. The publishing business has suffered acutely from the economic crisis. Middle-class patrons are no longer able to buy paintings as they formerly did.
Guston in particular had kept his eye on Americana, the satirical journal that brought Gilbert Seldes and George Grosz together under the editorship of the eccentric Alexander King, who hoped to echo the extravagantly irreverent note that had once resounded throughout Germany in the journal Simplicissimus. " The mores of America were illustrated in sharply satirical drawings (Guston remembers one issue in which every page carried a portrait of Hoover as an ass with a high collar) and in photomontages.
A Critical Study of Philip Guston by Dore Ashton