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Philip Guston Wall Art

Philip Guston (pronounced like "rust"), born Phillip Goldstein (June 27, 1913 – June 7, 1980), was a painter and printmaker in the New York School, an art movement that included many abstract expressionists like Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. In the late 1960s Guston helped to lead a transition from abstract expressionism to neo-expressionism in painting, abandoning so-called "pure abstraction" in favor of more representational, cartoonish renderings of various personal situations, symbols and objects. He is known for his cartoonish paintings of an existential, lugubrious nature that employed a limited palette and were created in the period after 1968. Moreover, he was a lecturer and teacher at a number of universities and so he is also regarded for his words and teachings, collected in the book Philip Guston: Collected Writings, Lectures, and Conversations (Documents of Twentieth-Century Art). Philip Guston was born in 1913 in Montreal. Guston moved with his family to Los Angeles as a child. His Ukrainian Jewish parents had escaped persecution when they moved to Canada from Odessa, Ukraine. Guston and his family were aware of the regular Ku Klux Klan activities against Jews, blacks and others which took place across California. In 1923, possibly owing to persecution or the difficulty in securing income, his father hanged himself in the shed, and the young Guston found the body. Guston's early art was figurative and representational. His mother supported his artistic inclinations and he often made drawings in an environment of his choosing: a small closet, lit by a hanging bulb. Guston then began painting in 1927 at the age of 14, when he enrolled in the Los Angeles Manual Arts High School. Both he and Jackson Pollock studied under Frederick John de St. Vrain Schwankovsky and were introduced to European modern art, Eastern philosophy, theosophy and mystic literature. During high school, Guston and Jackson Pollock published a paper opposing the high school's emphasis on sports over art. Their criticism led to both being expelled, but Pollock eventually returned and graduated. Apart from his high school education and a one-year scholarship at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, Guston remained a largely self-taught artist. At the Otis Art Institute, Guston felt unfulfilled by the academic approach which limited him to drawing from plaster casts instead of the live model. Before leaving the school, Guston spent a night in the studio making drawings of the figurative plasters scattered all over the floor. In 1931, the 18-year-old Guston produced an indoor mural with Reuben Kadish in an effort by the local John Reed Club of Los Angeles to fundraise money in support of the defendants in the Scottsboro Boys Trial. This mural was then defaced by local police forces, known as Red Squads. The subsequent court ruling found no fault on the part of L.A. police, even though irreversible damage was sustained to many works of art. This marks just one instance of political corruption witnessed by Guston, a theme which he would return to paint in his late style.

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Red Painting Print by Philip Guston

Red Painting

Philip Guston

$22

Zone Print by Philip Guston

Zone

Philip Guston

$22

Brushes Print by Philip Guston

Brushes

Philip Guston

$22

Painting, Smoking, Eating Print by Philip Guston

Painting, Smoking, Eating

Philip Guston

$22

Web Print by Philip Guston

Web

Philip Guston

$22

Hovering Print by Philip Guston

Hovering

Philip Guston

$22

Back View Print by Philip Guston

Back View

Philip Guston

$22

Sleeping Print by Philip Guston

Sleeping

Philip Guston

$22

As It Goes Print by Philip Guston

As It Goes

Philip Guston

$22

Two Fat Feet Print by Philip Guston

Two fat feet

Philip Guston

$22

Bad Habits Print by Philip Guston

Bad habits

Philip Guston

$17

Painter In Bed Print by Philip Guston

Painter in Bed

Philip Guston

$17

Pantheon Print by Philip Guston

Pantheon

Philip Guston

$17

A Critical Study Print by Philip Guston

A Critical Study

Philip Guston

$17

Couple In Bed Print by Philip Guston

Couple in bed

Philip Guston

$17

The Street Print by Philip Guston

The Street

Philip Guston

$17

Line Print by Philip Guston

Line

Philip Guston

$17

Moon Print by Philip Guston

Moon

Philip Guston

$17

Talking Print by Philip Guston

Talking

Philip Guston

$17

Untitled Print by Philip Guston

Untitled

Philip Guston

$17

Clock Print by Philip Guston

Clock

Philip Guston

$17

Curtain Print by Philip Guston

Curtain

Philip Guston

$17

Green Rug Print by Philip Guston

Green Rug

Philip Guston

$17

Inscapes. Words And Images Print by Philip Guston

Inscapes. Words and Images

Philip Guston

$17

The Young Mother Print by Philip Guston

The Young Mother

Philip Guston

$17

Head And Bottle Print by Philip Guston

Head and Bottle

Philip Guston

$17

Gladiators Print by Philip Guston

Gladiators

Philip Guston

$17

To Fellini Print by Philip Guston

To Fellini

Philip Guston

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