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Art Diary

Philip Guston Now

22 April 2022

Originally scheduled to open in June 2020 and postponed because of concerns about the subject matter of some of the paintings, this exhibition works by Philip Guston – organised by the MFA Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C and Tate Modern – opens in Boston this Sunday (1 May–11 September) . Gathering together 73 paintings and 27 drawings from across the artist’s 50-year career, the show emphasises that Guston’s work should be seen through the lens of his commitment to uncovering the histories of oppression and anti-Semitism. Highlights include Painting, Smoking, Eating (1973), a self-portrait of the artist lying in bed, smoking, with a plate of French fries balanced on his chest, and The Studio (1969) which notoriously depicts a hooded Klansman-like figure at an easel.

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Open Window (1969), Philip Guston. Private collection. Photo: Hauser & Wirth; © The Estate of Philip Guston

Tower (1970), Philip Guston. Private Collection. Photo: courtesy Hauser & Wirth; © The Estate of Philip Guston

Couple in Bed (1977), Philip Guston. The Art Institute of Chicago. Photo: Hauser & Wirth; © The Estate of Philip Guston

Painting, Smoking, Eating (detail; 1973), Philip Guston. Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Photo: Hauser & Wirth; © The Estate of Philip Guston