Philip Guston's Return to Figuration and the "1930s Renaissance" of the 1960s

Slifkin, Robert
June 2011
Art Bulletin;Jun2011, Vol. 93 Issue 2, p220
Academic Journal
The article discusses artist Philip Guston and his October 1970 exhibition at the Marlborough Gallery in New York City featuring paintings such as "Flatlands" depicting hooded figures engaged in various activities. These paintings represent a stylistic shift in Guston's career from abstraction to figuration, and the author discusses possible reasons for the transformation of Guston's style such as his response to the Vietnam War. Other topics include the "1930s renaissance" in which 1960s artists depicted the 1930s as a motif, personal iconography and autobiography in Guston's work, and the similarity of figures in Guston's paintings to Ku Klux Klan members.


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